Obituary of Miss Minnie Jowett. 1915-2009. As it appeared in the Parish Magazine July 2009.
It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Miss Minne Jowett aged 93years [b.1916]. She was a much respected and loved person in Grewelthorpe and throughout the area.
Born in Grewelthorpe, she attended the village school, where her musical talent was spotted and she was encouraged to study the organ as a pupil of Dr. Moody of Ripon Cathedral. She started playing as deputy organist for service in Grewelthorpe Church at the age of 15. She provided wonderful church music as organist at St. James’s Church from 1935 – 2003, over 68 years.
Having decided on a teaching career she trained at Ripon Teacher Training College, where she was also organist. friendships made whilst at he college were maintained throughout the years, as Minnie organised an annual get together until she moved into the Coach House Nursing Home in 2006.
Following a number of teaching posts, she returned to teach at Grewelthorpe School and was headmistress from 1947-1975. She was a dedicated teacher and continued her interest in all her pupils over the years, sharing their joys and disappointments, and playing the organ for their weddings and other family occasions.
Together with her sister Mary, she travelled the world and had many interests and friends: she was a member of the Ripon Lunch Club, the Highside Singers, W.I. Fearby & Healey Concert Party and Grewelthorpe Folk dancing team. [see other pages on this site]. In all Minnie did, however she will be best remembered for her truly wonderful Christian example.
Minnie in 1951.
Grewelthorpe Folk Dancers. Minnie front left. Her sister Mary is standing far right.
ELIZABETH JOWETT. Born C1838. Buried Mickley 20.5.1923.
MARY WHITLEY JOWETT. Born 7.4.1923. Died 24.3.2008.
Sister of Minnie and Beatrix. Lived at Wrose, Grewelthorpe.Worked at Nat West bank in Ripon. See Keith Whitfields’s memories under the Notices section of this web site.
WILLIAM JOWETT. Born C.1878 Wrose Hill, Shipley. In 1911 he was unmarried a Farmer & Grazier in Grewelthorpe.
ROPER ROBERT JOWETT. In 1914 lived The Green Grewelthorpe. Father of William.