Death of Barbara Phillis Leigh
27th November 2018
We are sad to announce the death of Miss Barbara Leigh on 14 November 2018. Barbara was born in Plymouth on 24 August 1927. After completing elementary school and a course at Pitmans' College she entered a lifetime of denominational employment on 29 December 1941 at just 14 years old.
Barbara's first position was working in the bindery of The Stanborough Press Ltd which was at the time on Stanborough Park in Garston near Watford. She then moved to be a secretary at the British Union Conference (BUC) office and after a couple of years moved to similar work at the Granose Foods Ltd factory office. This was followed for a time as an office worker at the South England Conference (SEC).
Then in 1955 Barbara accepted an invitation to work at the West African Union office. When she returned, nearly three years later, it was back to the SEC office where she worked as a secretary and also in the treasury department. Barbara's last move was back to the new BUC office on Stanborough Park where she continued to work for the next twenty years in treasury as a cashier until ill health led to an early retirement just after her 60th birthday in August 1987.
In retirement Barbara moved near to Weymouth in Dorset, and then more recently to Fowey in Cornwall. She remained involved in church and wider activities serving as local church treasurer and also as the treasurer for the Lostwithiel Women's Institute.
Barbara fell asleep in Jesus while doctors were seeking to fit her with a pacemaker. She had been active until the end.
The funeral will take place on Thursday 29 November at 10:30 am at the St Austell Seventh-day Adventist church. After refreshments in the church those who wish to are invited to the burial in the family grave at Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth.
Barbara asked that donations should be made to the Lostwithiel Women's Institute, which can be sent via the National Federation of Women's Institutes, 104 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LY.