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Obituary: Marigold Jordan – East Boldre's 'diamond of the Forest'

STALWART East Boldre community volunteer and church warden Marigold Jordan has died at the age of 86.

Hailed a "Diamond of the Forest" by New Forest District Council in a 2012 award ceremony, Marigold was a well-known fundraiser for the Poppy Appeal, the Children’s Society and other youth charities.

Born in July 1934 in East Boldre, Marigold joined St Paul’s Church choir when she was 12 and was a continuous member for 72 years.

Marigold Jordan (46573312)
Marigold Jordan (46573312)

She also played the church organ when the regular organist was unavailable.

Whilst taking the bus to work at Wellworthy she spotted her future husband Brian running to work in Lymington where he was an English and PE teacher. The pair soon met, fell in love and were married in 1957.

They made their home in a bungalow which they had built on land purchased from her Aunt Edith and Uncle Percival who Marigold had lived with from a young age. Their only child, Peter was born in November 1963.

As well as working part time at the local shop and post office for many years, Marigold also spent her lifetime of caring for others nursing her aunt and uncle, and her husband Brian who died in 1984.

After Brian’s death Marigold took on his role as churchwarden at St Paul’s Church and also continued to have a pivotal role in organising parish fetes in its aid.

She was a prominent member of the community luncheon club, square dance club, the Mothers’ Union and the Parochial Church Council.

She jointly coordinated the knitting of thousands of hats and balaclavas for the Sailors’ Society and the Mission to Seafarers.

Marigold undertook door-to-door collections for the Poppy Appeal, was area organiser for the Church of England Children’s Society, and fundraised for the children’s charity Honeypot UK.

A big follower of Southampton Football Club, Marigold tuned into Radio Solent on match days and travelled to see her team in action at the 1979 league cup final at Wembley stadium.

In 2018 she moved to Linden House in Lymington where she was popular with staff and residents.

Her love of music continued and she enjoyed the hymns and praise services every Sunday as well as singing in the Linden Voices choir and even appearing on BBC South Today.

Marigold is survived by her son Peter and brother Christopher, and her funeral has been held at St Paul’s Church.

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