A fond farewell to Millie Bishop 

Millie Bishop
18th August 1920 - 19th June 2017


With a mixture of sadness and thankfulness we said goodbye last month to one of our longest-serving members, Millie
 
Mildred Beatrice Bishop was born in Great Yarmouth in 1920. The third of four children and the only girl, upon leaving school she worked as a machinist in Johnson’s. In 1940 she married John, who was serving in the Navy. WWII was eventful for Millie, as she was evacuated in 1941 and gave birth to a daughter, Pat, the following year
 
After the war John, Millie and Pat returned to Great Yarmouth and set up a home. Millie had a number of jobs over the years, including a dinner lady, working in the shoe department at Debenhams and later at Bairds shoe shop. Both were members of St George’s church (now St George’s Theatre) where Millie supported John in leading the work of Sunday School and the ‘Young Life Campaign’ - a weekly meeting involving a mixture of Bible study and social activities
 
After the church closed in the 1970s, the Bishops moved to Park, where they were all baptised. The church would become an increasingly important part of Millie’s life, and in later years she lived in one of the flats next door, where she enjoyed the sounds of the playgroup outside and excellent views of the park
 
Millie was a passionate bowler and her name still remains on the champions’ board at her club. She travelled on bowling holidays and was the self-appointed top bowler in town!  She loved to walk everywhere and in retirement knitted for the Christmas shoe box appeals. Christmas was also a time which Millie revelled in, playing cards with the family late into the night, always determined to win!
 
Millie was a constant at church for many decades; a strong-willed but smiling face and she will be missed. We give thanks for her life and take comfort that she is now resting in the presence of her Lord
 MILLIE AND CHRIS 2014
Millie and Chris Yallup at church in 2014