Young at heart woman who had so much more to give

Date: Tuesday 16th January 2018

ENID Chappelhow, a much-loved and respected woman with a zest for life, has died suddenly at home in Penrith, aged 81.

Born in Ilkeston to Eric and Frances Shepherd, she enjoyed life as a “city girl” in Nottingham with her brothers, Ron and John, and sisters, Gill and Pam.

At the age of 22, Enid met her future husband, the late Ted Chappelhow, while dancing during the days of swing and jazz — a pastime she enjoyed throughout her life.

It was not too long before schoolteacher Ted persuaded Enid to move north to experience country life in his home town of Penrith. Very soon, the “city girl” came to love the splendour of the Lakes and here she remained for the rest of her life.

She was a proud wife and mother to Brian, Barbara and Rob, and the majority of their family life was spent at Brunswick Square, Penrith. As the children grew older, Enid worked for many years as a secretary with Cumbria police at both Hunter Lane and the force’s headquarters in Penrith, before moving on to work for the probation service.

Enid enjoyed many happy times supporting her husband in all aspects of rugby. From their devotion to Penrith Rugby Club, through to several years’ service with Cumbria Rugby Union, her help was invaluable. She loved the game and its camaraderie.

While working hard in everything she turned her hand to, Enid derived enormous pleasure from the great friendships forged through her many social networks and activities. Ladies Circle, Tangent, BBC Ladies and latterly Forever Friends were all to benefit from her “life is for living” outlook and her great sense of humour.

She was always determined to get out and do something with her time, as she loved to be around people. Enid was a frequent visitor to Carlisle to get her fix of jazz, the more traditional and foot-tapping the better.

Staying active, Enid enjoyed yoga classes for more then 40 years, walked every weekend at the Lowther Estate gardens, took part in aqua aerobics at the North Lakes Hotel and Penrith Leisure Centre and, in recent times, even tried her hand at tai chi.

She was frequently to be found in town, often meeting for coffee with family and friends at the George Hotel, or maybe even a glass of red wine or two. Once a week, she worked as a volunteer at the Oxfam shop in Penrith, where she again found friendship, the opportunity to help others and be part of the local community.

Enid was one of the first residents to move into the Pele Court retirement development in Penrith. This gave her a new lease of life, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She remained young at heart throughout and still had so much to do, so much to enjoy and so much to give to life.

In addition to her three children, Enid is survived by six granddaughters — Katie, Lucy, Elli, Penelope, Amy and Arabella.