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Denise Le Voir nee Barnett  

Message from Sheila Billins née Sloman Set 400 shebilly[at]

Denise Le VoirI am sorry to have to advise League Members of the death of Denise Le Voir, née Barnett, on 1 November 2012. 

Four years ago, she was in a near terminal state, but miraculously with the wonders of medical science plus her great fortitude, she was able to pursue her life to the full, until now. In fact, the manner in which she worked through her ‘things to do’ life plan, made many of us forget, the seriousness of her medical state.

Denise began her nurse training in Set 400 at The London in September 1965. Right from that early start, us ‘Tredegars’ were aware of her high level of intelligence, ambition and strength of character. After qualification in 1968, having served her time as a Staff Nurse, she travelled to Scotland for midwifery training. She did return to the London in a research capacity, with involvement in patient care planning, and extended her nursing role in higher nurse management posts elsewhere.

During her career, which expanded into the realms of IT, she also appeared on television, wrote books, articles, edited professional magazines, and attended a variety of national and international professional conferences. Latterly, she has been responsible for converting her notes taken at League Day lectures into the interesting articles, we have been able to read in our League reviews.

Denise not only worked hard, she played hard too, sharing such a full life with her husband, Roger. Their many shared interests in geology, bird and animal watching, took them around the world. Her involvement in family history led her to share her editorial talents with the East of London Family History Society and Cockney Ancestor.Their delightful home, The Old Mill in Devon, gave vent to their love of gardening, which led to the magnificent garden they have created. It is hard to imagine how Denise was able to cope with the amount of work this involved, including learning a new skill of hedge laying and coppicing, at a time when her health was impaired. She had also taken up bookbinding, joined the local W.I and begun classes in lace making – what stamina!

Throughout this time, Set 400 has remained an active group, thanks to Denise’s input. She arranged a variety of Set Reunions, and regularly sent out Set letters - how we all looked forward to the annual Christmas letter. In Denise’s honour , we are determined to keep the Set together.

We may have lost a great friend, adviser, listener, encourager and comforter, but we shall never forget her.

Our thoughts are with Roger and their family at this sad time.
R.I.P. Denise 

Sheila Billins née Sloman


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