Broad Street Christ Church, Redhill
Elizabeth Rosemary Ekin

A personal tribute from a Redhill resident

Four and a half years ago Christ Church and the village of Redhill welcomed a new Priest-in-charge,
Tom Ekin, and his wife Liz..

Liz burst upon the village with a great enthusiasm for everything both social and spiritual. The Parsonage became a place of welcome for everyone, and parish meetings took on a whole new aspect as her sense of humour and generosity became renowned and recognised by all.

The Parsonage garden was her great interest and in no time blossomed under her hand, and fundraising events and barbecues were soon under way on the back lawn.

As you might imagine, officials of Wessex Water were given a hard time when they decided they needed to dig it up for sewer work, but Liz made very sure it was properly reinstated.

Her interests in the village were legion and she became involved in the Redhill painting group and
typically, starting from scratch, she produced watercolours galore until she became, in a short order of time, a highly competent artist. Underlying all this was an obviously happy home life and a shining
spirituality and Christian belief which clearly did much to sustain her in the last few difficult, but uncomplaining, months.

Cruelly, Liz was taken from us at the end of February, and this has been a sad blow to everyone who
knew her. The depth of the respect and affection that she had established here and elsewhere in her life was witnessed by the gathering of over two hundred and fifty family and friends, who crammed
into Christ Church on Thursday 5 March, with more in the Village Hall, to join in a Requiem Eucharist,
conducted by the Revd Richard Dent and the Rector, so that we could all remember and say good-bye to a lovely lady.