Molly Alice Rigby

By James Woolven

Published on Friday, October 14, 2016 - 14:00


Molly Alice Rigby

Molly Alice Rigby

MOLLY Alice Rigby, a retired teacher who taught many people in Ryde, has died, aged 96.

One of five sisters, she was born on August 10, 1920, at Wray Street, Ryde, and, after attending Bettesworth Road School, she worked for Timothy White’s in Ryde until 1941.

Miss Rigby’s war service was in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as one of the air force plotters at RAF Pinhoe, near Exeter.

Plotters managed a giant table in a similar way to a croupier at a roulette table by moving the counters to graphically show the position and strength of all aircraft within their sector.

Returning to the Island in 1946, she worked for a year at St John’s Infant School, Sandown, then went back to Devon for a year’s training course at Exmouth followed by three years teaching at Teignmouth County Primary School.

On returning to the Island, Miss Rigby joined the Sea Rangers with her life-long friend Pat Carty, often sailing a small yacht off Hayling Island.

Miss Rigby was also a life-long Christian and was a firm supporter of St Cecilia’s Abbey.

In 1951, she taught for two years at Carisbrooke Church of England Infant School.

Then in 1953, she began working at Ryde County Infant School, Caversham House, where she stayed for 27 years until 1980.

She loved the school and the children loved her.

She retired in July 1980 to Corbett Road, Ryde, sharing with another Caversham teacher Maureen Stevens.

Moving in May 2011 to Cornelia Heights Care Home in George Street, Miss Rigby died peacefully there on October 8.

She had a full life spent caring, sustaining and teaching others.

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