Kearsney Staff 1958 – 1988
Pixy died recently aged eighty four after a long and valiant battle against illness.
In Pixy’s early years at Kearsney she was THE secretary – Headmaster’s secretary, Bursar’s secretary, staff secretary, receptionist, telephonist, organiser of bookings for school plays, organiser of Speech day etc. etc.
In time the powers-that-be came to realise that her load was far too heavy, and two other ladies were employed to help her. At the present time there are about half a dozen ladies doing the jobs which little Pixy performed alone for a number of years.
In her latter years at the school she was Headmaster’s secretary at the time of Colin Silcock.
Pixy will be remembered by so many as the smiling face which greeted visitors to Kearsney and the cheerful voice at the end of the telephone. She was indeed the face and voice of Kearsney.
In 1995, as the result of a spinal growth, she became paralysed from the waist down, and spent the last eighteen years of her life in wheelchair. However, her independent spirit refused to be tied down, In her battery powered wheelchair she became a regular feature of Hillcrest – doing her shopping and banking, and driving her Pixymobile to the Hillcrest Methodist church on Sunday mornings.
I pay tribute to the memory of Pixy Milbank, a courageous and inspirational lady.