We are sad to report that Rachel Mary Ashton, who attended the school from 1948-1955, has died. Over the last few weeks, I made contact with Friends House and Jordans Local Meeting to learn a little about her life; information which I can share with Old Scholars here.
Rachel was born in 1936 into a Quaker family who lived in Denham and she was an active Quaker and member of Jordans Local Meeting, serving as Elder and Clerk, as well as Area Meeting Trustee and Treasurer. After attending Friends’ School, Rachel worked at Friends House as a secretary to the Recording Clerk in the 1960s and 1970s, and went on to work in a senior position at one of the marketing boards until her retirement. She was a director of Friends Trusts Limited between 2004 and 2019. Described as a private person, Rachel was a keen cellist, playing in a local orchestra. She also enjoyed travelling, especially to Greece, as well as the theatre.
Rachel Mary Ashton died on 8 April 2019.