Charles Cowling


Marilyn Watts died at 4.30 in the morning on Tuesday. She had been suffering from cancer. 

Well known to many in the world of funerals, she was Anne Barber’s right-hand person at Civil Ceremonies and was instrumental, together with Anne and Professor Tony Walter, in creating a pioneering training programme for funeral celebrants designed to meet the needs of those families who want “a funeral driven by the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased and their family, not by the beliefs or ideology of the person conducting the funeral.” 

Wry, dry, tell-it-as-it-is; incredibly hardworking; inexhaustibly supportive; immensely warm-hearted and affectionate. 

Go safe, Marilyn. Our love goes with you. We hold in our thoughts all those closest to you, especially Cliff. 

Marilyn’s funeral will be on 12 October (Friday) at around 2.00pm. Finalised details to follow.





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