Let the memory of Marion 'Mavis' Rebecca be with us forever.
A very warm and heart felt welcome to the memorial website for our beloved Marion 'Mavis' Pritchard (nee Witter), adored wife to Ronald, beloved mother to Beverly, Deborah and Andrew, and doting grandmother to Giovanni, Stefan, Jamie and Hayden. 

The family has set up this website to collect the wonderful and happy memories of this extraordinary lady, who set off from her homeland in Jamaica when she was only 22, determined to make a new life for herself in the UK. And what a life she lived, becoming an integral part of the local community, helping and inspiring young people and always showing love, compassion and kindness to family, friends and strangers. She was strong, courageous and fearless, a tour de force to be reckoned with who when she made up her mind to do something, she made it happen.
She left a legacy for her family and friends of a lady who was well ahead of her time in who she was, in her thinking and achieving her ambitions - and our hope is to capture her legacy collecting the memories, stories, anecdotes and photos to keep her memory alive for the Pritchard and Witter families today, and for our future generations.  
If you have any photos or stories - please share them with us as we would love to read them and keep them.

Video (still frame) 
We filmed the church service, burial and reception. An edited video slideshow of the day's proceedings has now been uploaded to the Gallery section of this website under the video tab, titled Video tribute to Marion 'Mavis' Rebecca Pritchard. In the coming day's the video will be available as a download. Notifications will be sent out to let people know when it's ready.
In addition we wanted to share a presentation made for the Celebration of Mavis's life with the photos and tributes which people have so kindly sent to us via this website. Together they formed a beautiful and personal tribute to our amazing wife, mother and grandmother. You can see it here for yourself by clicking on the link here> https://tinyurl.com/y23aeztd

A selection of Mavis's favourite songs can be listened to as background music, whilst navigating your way through this website. By simply going onto the Gallery section and then pressing the tab marked Audio, you will be able to choose from a variety of "Mavis's favourite songs".
For those who were not able to attend the funeral service we have made available a PDF download of the Order of Service booklet. For family and friends that wish to receive an original hard-copy of the 12-page booklet as memorabilia. Please send us your name and postal address via the private message function on this website.      

Order of Service
Introit ~ Abide with me
Collect ~ Fr Morris
Eulogy ~ Johnathan  Kong
Tribute 1~ Patricia Witter Alridge (niece)
Tribute 2 ~ Helen (sister-in-law)
Hymn ~ What a friend
Revelation 21 ~ Rosemarie (niece) 
Psalm 23 ~ Response: The Lord is my Shepherd ~ Sandra (niece)
Hymn ~ Amazing Grace
John 6 ~ read by Fr Rimmer
Sermon ~ Fr Beer
Offertory ~ How great thou art
Eucharistic Prayer
Holy Communion
Hymn ~ The old rugged Cross
Commendation and Blessing
Recessional ~ West life ~ You raise me up

Posted by Caroline Conroy on August 25, 2019
I attended the funeral of the late Mavis Pritchard, it was a bittersweet experience. So sad to say goodbye but heartwarming to watch a service so beautifully done by her family, the words people chose to describe this wonderful lady were full of love, touching and heartwarming, the send off after dinner was nothing but a celebration of her life. Everyone there was so nice and friendly a reflection of the wonderful human being that Mavis was. Her children who she loved so very much did her proud there was nothing but love put into her celebration of life. Rest in eternal perfect peace Mrs Pritchard, you were a joy and a privilege to meet, you touched the heart of everyone who met you, no one could say they met you and you did not leave some kind of good impression on them. You are unforgettable and will always remain in my memories and in my heart.
Posted by Pritchard Family on August 16, 2019
Dear mum.
Every day we will celebrate your life in our hearts. We will remember our time together with happiness.Gone but not forgotten, R.I.P.
Posted by Sharon Pink-Holness on August 14, 2019
I'm writing this tribute on behalf of my parents Osbourne and Myrtle Holness . Mavis was my cousin who was full of laughter and jokes and loved her homeland Jamaica.  When me and my wife decided to move to Jamaica Mavis and Ronnie would often visit and we spent many nights talking about the past and enjoying fry fish and bammie which so loved. My cousin you will be greatly missed by all . Till we meet again love you always.
Posted by Sharon Pink-Holness on August 14, 2019
My beloved aunty Mavis..... so sorry I'm not able to attend your send off the beautiful land God has prepared for us , as I'm in the land you so loved Jamaica.
I will never ever forget what you use to tell me ....."Live life now and enjoy whatever you have as I can afford the best steak but mi teeth to old now and cant chew it "
You are gone but will never ever be forgotten.
Posted by Ally E on August 14, 2019
I would like to pass on condolences from Mrs Leonie Eccleston and family on the sad passing of her dear long standing friend Mavis who will be truly missed by us all.

From Mrs Eccleston and Family.
Posted by Christine Holness on August 14, 2019
Dear Mavis, much loved friend and cousin, so many happy memories we will miss you, forever in our hearts.
Condolences to all the family, thinking of you at this sad time.
Cherry, Herman and family xx
Posted by Jerome Lloyd on August 13, 2019
Andy and family no more pain , no suffering just rest .It is a sad time hen you lose your mother that is so precious to you all and there are no words to take away that pain but the memories and love never go but it is time to celebrate mavis life for who she was and that is fun and laughter so don’t.be afraid to laugh ,cry and celebrate her life what she would have wanted.and is your father who is going to need a lot of love now from the family  From Anne Marie’s mum Evelyn
Posted by Richard Witter on August 13, 2019
My deepest condolences to uncle Ronald,Beverly,Debrah, Andrew and family i am sadden to hear that auntie had passed i will always remember her kindness and how welcome she made me feel wen I would see her i will love you always and may you rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Anne-Marie Johnson on August 13, 2019
Dear Andy & Pritchard family, no one can know what you've lost and only you will understand the cost of loosing your mum, your wife, but I feel your pain. Just know that you will forever have sweet sweet memories, photos & the laughter, her affection left in your hearts that you mum/ wife brought to you. She will be there in times of trouble or when you need questions answered or thinking what would she do in this situation. She is gone but never forgotten. Rest in forever piece Mavis.
From the Johnson Family at 45 Barrett's Grove. Maria. Xx.
Posted by Jacqui Miller on August 13, 2019
To Uncle Ronald, Beverly, Deborah, Andrew, and the rest of the family. My heart goes out to you at this time of deep sorrow.

I remember going to see Aunt Mavis when i was a child. My mum, Elsie, would take Mark and I, and we would play with Deb and Andrew while our mums chatted. I used to love going downstairs to see all the beautiful clothes she had stored in the closet. I will always remember Aunt Mavis as a very warm and caring person who could enjoy a good laugh with my mum.

I pray The Lord will wrap her family in his comforting and loving arms and bless you with His grace and peace.

With all my love,

Posted by Camille Scully on August 13, 2019
Our hearts go out to you and your family. Although I don’t know exactly what to say, I want you to know that I am with you in thought and wish you comfort and peace as you remember dear Aunt Mavis.
Posted by Pritchard Family on August 13, 2019
My Grandmother was a kind and loving woman who would do anything to protect her family. She loved to cook and feed others, my special memories are of her famous rice and peas. Not only have I lost my grandmother but also my inspiration my protector and my guidance. I vow to one day make her proud to be my grandmother and pray she guides me and watches me grow into a man who brings honour to her memory,
R.I.P Grandma
Hayden Pritchard
Posted by Pritchard Family on August 13, 2019
My mother Mavis Pritchard was a true inspiration. She lived her life with the belief that no difficulty could discourage, no obstacle dismay and no trouble dishearten. Difficulties were but dares of fate, obstacles but hurdles to try her skill, and troubles but bitter tonics that gave her strength. Mum was renowned for her wisdom sayings and quotes, such as 'A new broom sweeps clean but an old broom knows the corners'.
But my personal favourite was 'It's better you die and leave something than everything dies and leaves you?'
Well mum you may have gone but your legacy lives on.
Andrew Pritchard
Posted by Giovanni Peralto on August 13, 2019
She was a caring woman who had an abundance of love for her family. The memories she created with us will live on in our hearts.
Posted by Pritchard Family on August 12, 2019
My depraved soul's unearthed
By the Holy Ghost's breath
And given new birth
Out of spiritual death

This wretch is turned 'round
Fit with eyes to believe
A lost sheep is found
And her Shepherd received

My blots are each edited
Out in Christ's fount
His righteousness credited
To my bankrupt account

A prisoner's been pardoned
No debt left to pay
A heart which was hardened
Becomes pliable clay

My life's set apart
Now from worldly regression
Picked out from the start
Made for Christ's own possession

I'm purchased with blood
Shed on Golgotha's tree
A slave bought by God
And fully set free

My sins were all laid
On the head of a Scapegoat
Who carried their weight
To a desert remote

Once an object of wrath
And deserving hell's fire
But Jesus took my bath's
Conflagration of God's ire

So an enemy no more
I'm brought into God's fold
Carried through His door
And out of night's cold

He calls me His child
His heir and His bride
Though once an orphan wild
Now seated at Christ's side

And soon He'll return
When salvation's complete
When no longer I'll yearn
For His own face I'll meet!
Posted by Margaret Buys on August 9, 2019
Mrs Pritchard aka Mar Baker, or Mavis as I eventually got to call her was an extraordinary, strong and passionate woman.
Her infectious laughter could be heard almost everytime I walked through the door of the off licence that she owened in Hackney.
When my eldest son 'Ben' was a toddler he couldn't wait to see her ,knowing fullwell she'd more than likely give him a free bag of sweets from off the counter and a tin of soft drink on the way out. This was just another display of her kindness and generosity which she showed towards others as part of her nature. I remember turning up at Mavis's house in Chingford one Sunday afternoon after being out all night raviing at one of Andy 's warehouse parties back in 1988, at the time I was just eighteen years old and Mavis gave me my first ever mango.
Being a born and bread East-End girl I'd only been accustomed to apples and pears. She looked at me in a matriacrch manor and said in her deep Jamacian accent 'Maggie lives to short you need to try something new'. Rest in peace Mavis, always loved and will never be forgotten.
Posted by Pritchard Family on August 7, 2019
"Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die."

Mary Elizabeth Frye
Posted by Janice Worsfold on August 5, 2019
Mavis was one of God’s beautiful people who had a wonderful personality and a big kind soul. I was very fortunate that she was part of my childhood, spending time with them at weekends with my cousin Deborah and Andrew on sleepovers. She always had a wonderful smile and infectious laugh. She always tried to get me to eat "curry goat" which was always on the stove but my taste buds just didn't like it. Very humble, so hard working and ambitious. She supported and loved her family so much. Always kind and gentle. She will be missed very much. Rest in peace beautiful lady. Lots of love, Jan, Steve, Charlie & James xxxx
Posted by Janet Harris on August 4, 2019
With my deepest sympathy,

On behalf of my dear cousin, Marion Pritchard better known as Mavis by us. She was a loving person to everyone. She was a woman of charity, giving to everyone. I could remember every holiday all aunts were getting their post cards with money. She made everyone feel loved and cared for. Cousin Mavis passing away means a lot to me, she and I used to pray together whenever she had a problem. She was very kind to me and she loved my family and I very much. Cousin Mavis was loved by everyone . The Lord saw it best to take her home at this time. So, to her dear husband, children, family and friends, we know the Lord will give you the strength to go on. Remember Job when he said the Lord giveth and taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Be of good comfort .

With Love,
Sis Olive Fraser
God bless
Posted by Patricia Witter Alridge on August 3, 2019
Mere words cannot describe the special person my Aunt Mavis was. From a very early age I felt her love and knew in my heart I had a special place in hers. She was a wonderful example of how families supported and took care of each other. Her hospitality was boundless as evidenced by the constant stream of overseas family and friends who came to stay with her. Just as she opened her home, she opened her generous heart to those in need and less fortunate. She adored her family and showered them with her love and affection. I will miss hearing her distinctive laugh that rocked the house and seeing the twinkle in her eye when she talked about my Dad, her brother Charlie. Rest in Peace.
Posted by Christopher Bergliter on August 2, 2019
Mavis was one of God’s beautiful people who had a wonderful personality and a beautiful soul. I was lucky enough to have Mavis in my life for a number of years. I can’t say what Mavis used to call me but it was always with a wonderful smile and infectious laugh.Mavis had an impact on everyone she met and I know she will be sadly missed by many many people.Mavis is now flying high with the angels.Godbless you Mavis and may you Rest In Peace.all my love and best wishes Christopher aka Bergyxxxxx ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️‍♀️

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