Tributes paid to the wife of a former Prestatyn vicar who had a passion for helping others


Suzanne Jordan

WARM tributes have been paid to the wife of a former Prestatyn vicar who always put “others before herself.”

Marion Southerton, 73, who was married to Clive Southerton for 52 years after having met at school, died at home last Tuesday following a long illness.

As well as being a busy vicar’s wife, Mrs Southerton who had three children, worked as a primary school teacher for more than 30 years.

She was a Nanna to her four grandchildren and had been involved in many clubs and societies over the years including the Mother’s Union, Ty Croeso, Umeed, St Kentigern, Talking Newspaper and leader of GFS.

Andrew Southerton, Mrs Southerton’s son, said: “She was a person who would willingly help anyone in need. She was often to be found behind the scenes helping dad with his many church activities. She organised cream teas on the vicarage lawns, made costumes and in her very rare moments of spare time - enjoyed craft activities, reading and tending to her beautiful gardens.

“She has been described as the Ma Boswell of the Southerton family as she was the one, not only did her children turn to but her own sisters and brother.

“She had a heart of gold, put others before herself and she was dad’s rock and her family’s foundation.”

Canon Quentin Bellamy, vicar of Prestatyn, added that “Marion was one of the great people in the history of the Parish of Prestatyn”.

“Marion had a brilliantly creative mind," he said.

“She had been very unwell for a long time, but soldiered bravely on, ever optimistic and cheerful.

“Clive and Marion have been an enormous support and great source of help and advice to me. They have remained towering personalities in our town and in the other parishes that they have served, both at home and abroad.

“At this time I am certain that we would all wish to extend our love and condolences to Clive and the family.”

Rev John Harvey, vicar of Meliden, also commented: “Clergy have many acquaintances but fewer friends, and people they can trust and turn to for complete support are rare; and Marion was one such rare and precious person. I’m very grateful to her.”

A service of Thanksgiving and Celebration will be held at Prestatyn Parish Church on Wednesday, April 30 at 12.30pm

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