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Margaret (Peggy) Elizabeth Crispin nee Job

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Margaret (Peggy) Crispin nee Job on 17 January 2013.

Peggy trained at The London in 1945 and was one of the Vice Presidents of the RLH League of Nurses.

In 1976 Peggy published a book; 'Handbook of Practical Nursing'

Here are some of the tributes that have been paid to Peggy from other former London Hospital Nurses and friends .....

'Oh no...this is turning into a very sad list of well-loved Londoners passing away recently. Our memories now are more important than ever. RIP Miss Job, which is how I will always remember her' Jane Harvey 18.01.13

'Dear Peggy, she was so welcoming when I went to St Dunstans Church, Stepney and looked after all us Londoners who went there, nurses and doctors alike, mothering them when we were away from home, having us to suppers, and even trying to pair us off! She was such a lovely person, now she is reunited with Paul, they were such a lovely couple..R.I.P. A real "londoner"' Sarah Rogers 18.01.13

'How very sad - she was a great family friend and trained as a nurse as my father, Jim Hoffler, was training as a doctor at The London. She never failed to be the caring compassionate nurse and when coming to visit me in another hospital, the first thing she did was make my pillows comfortable for me without being asked! She was so interested in everyone and their success and was thrilled for me when I did the LH League lecture. A true LH legend who always had a large part of her heart entitled "The London". RIP dear Peggy xxx' Ruth Todd 18.01.13

'Peggy had retired when I first started work. I got to know Peggy when she came into the School to update the archives with Margaret Broadley in the late 1980s. Originally Peg came from Ipswich.  Trained at the London and went to the annex at some stage during the war years. Many a time she said the East End was her home. Peggy was such a warm, lovable and generous person.  Her laugh was infectious.  She was a great hostess and when you were invited it would be a full 3 course meal.   Peg always held a captive audience.  Nursing played a huge part of her life along with religion. Dial a ride played a part in her life – taking people to St Dunstan’s, Stepney and in later years, when her husband, Paul passed away, she used this facility on her shopping trips to Sainsburys, Whitechapel, every Friday morning. I know she was on various committees after she retired' Maura Callan 18.01.13

'So sorry to hear that Miss Job (as she was to us in 1962) has died. She was such a kindly Sister Elizabeth at Brentwood when I first met her. She was the only Sister I recall at Brentwood to wear make up when it was permitted first in 1962/3. "A liitle lipstick and powder; no eye make-up!" and was amazed that not everyone was taking advantage of the relaxing of the rule! She always got in a bit of a flap with the pre-meds when the list in Theatre got changed. She was always a very very caring to her Gynae patients and her Student Nurses, and she had such a lovely gentle sense of humour. You won't find another Peggy Job and The Londoners will remember her with a smile and great affection' Margaret Keith 18.01.13

'I cannot believe what I have just seen. How sad! If it was not for Mrs Crispin, I may never have been part of The London Hospital Family. I came for my interview in 1976 only to be told I had to take an entrance exam (nerves got the better of me and I failed by 1 mark) I was so upset, but Miss Parker took me around and this lovely smily face greeted me and made me feel so welcome...yes you quessed, I was accepted to do the State Enrolled Nursing course....I never looked back.....36 years later....still nursing (conversion course completed in 1990-91) You were always on hand when we needed help, and I can't ever remember you ever looking sad. I thank you from the bottom of my heart Mrs Crispin. God Bless you. You will surely be missed by all' Joy Chapman 19.01.13

'More sad news of the passing of another LH legend. Our paths did not cross during my student days, but we did share varied conversations when I became a sister, as well as at League meetings. I shall remember a very jolly lady, who loved the London, and passed on her enthusiasm to many' Sheila Billings 19.01.13

'I first met Peggy one afternoon in 1979 at the Princess Alexandra School of Nursing. It was to be the gateway to my nursing career and grateful privilege to train at ‘The London Hospital’(following in my sister’s footsteps). The interview was unusual and brief. Whilst I sat quietly, my mother and Peggy (who was keen to know how my sister was getting on) cheerfully chatted at length concluding with ‘Remember me to her and give her my best wishes’. Peggy then swiftly spun around realizing she was supposed to be interviewing me saying hurriedly, ’Oh my dear!’ and then concluded, ‘we do have a place for you’.
My interview shortly finished. Peggy and I kept in touch.I had the privilege to visit Peggy a few weeks ago to recall our first encounter which Peggy remembered and to thank her again, and thank God for her too' Fran Sibthorpe P28 and C1 (SEN/RGN) 20.01.13

'I was very sad to hear that "Miss Peg" as we knew her had passed away.  I have very fond memories of her. She was always so approachable and could even reprimand someone in a kind and gentle way. I had great respect for her experience and knowledge and due to her demeanor one was always happy to ask her questions without the risk of being made to feel small and stupid. I learnt a lot from her including how to obtain the best from one's team when I qualified.  When I received my SRN (as it was) results, I was not on site and I had to phone The London as there was a postal strike. I knew it was Miss Peg who I had to speak to  in order to obtain my results, and although very nervous, I knew whether I had passed or failed she would tell me in her usual kind way. Luckily I passed. I feel privileged to have known such a lovely lady.  RIP' Judith Alcock (nee Terry) Set 441 22.01.13

'Peg, if you could  read my thoughts and perhaps you can: you would remember two young would be 'London Hospital nurses' meeting at Trueloves October 15 1945.

You were  charming,  full of life,  a little on the crazy side at times but a joyful person, warm and sensitive. Never once did  you complain. You loved your family, your church and Ipswich. As a fellow traveler enjoyed you. In the sanctity of Theatres when you dropped a bottle of blood (no plastics in those days) at a surgeon's feet, and  it broke into a million pieces, you came through unscathed, leaving  us with our mouths wide open! You were fun and serious when you needed to be.  Wisely, bravely, you decided to stay on and used your skills to teach so many nurses through the years. Through them you touched countless patients lives

That was our dream when we entered Trueloves.  You are now part of the Royal London history and your work will live on forever. rest well dear friend your shift is over.

Fondly Sheila' Sheila Le Sueur 11.02.13



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