On the 30th December 2013 Cecilia Scurfield died peacefully in her sleep; she was 97. Cecilia was one of my very first sitters in 2009. And my oldest sitter. She was a regular customer in the vegetable shop where I worked, and I had my eye on her from the start of my interest in drawing older people; how could I resist such a charismatic and bright old lady! Cecilia was the youngest of seven children and the last survivor, all her siblings lived into their 90’s. At the funeral a very close friend of her’s Margret Alice, recalled a conversation with Cecilia a few weeks before she died where she said…’ When you come to my funeral, don’t be surprised if I sit up in my coffin and say ” how lovely to see you all!”‘.
Ceciulia Scurfield was a vivacious, and striking woman, she was married to the writer and poet George Scurfield, together they had many adventures and many children, everything they turned their hands to was a success. In my short friendship with her, she made a huge impression on me. I will not attempt to write about her life because I am not qualified to do so, however her son Matthew Scurfield, wrote a book called ‘ I could be anyone’, about his life, I am about to start reading it!
I know Cecilia will be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved her.