Guider dies after dementia battle

Brenda Hatton
Brenda Hatton

A WOMAN who was an active member of the guides and a long-standing teacher in the area has died after a long battle with dementia.

Brenda Margaret Hatton (93) died on Thursday, December 13 at The Willows in Harborough after a long fight against dementia.

She was born in Island Magee, in Northern Ireland in 1919 on December 2 to Capt. William Smyth M.B.E and his wife Mary.

Brenda was brought up in Liverpool where she started her teaching career during the blitz.

After the war she married her husband who was formerly an R.A.F flight mechanic Raymond George Hatton.

They settled in the Midlands and moved to Lutterworth in 1962 as Mr Hatton was working as a flight inspector working for British Aerospace at Bitteswell Aerodrome.

Mrs Hatton went on to teach at Swinford Primary School for four years between 1962 and 1966.

She then became deputy head of Ravenhurst Road Primary School in Braunstone, Leicester in January 19967.

Mrs Hatton taught there until she retired in August 1981.

She was involved with the Brownies in Liverpool herself and having daughters she became an active guider.

Mrs Hatton was rural district commissioner for the villages around Lutterworth and then went on to be county commissioner.

She travelled widely following her retirement and visited her younger daughter in Australia.

Mrs Hatton also visited many countries on her way to Australia to see her daughter.

She was an active member of the Lutterworth WI and the talking Newspaper for the Blind and a founder member of Lutterworth Trefoil Guild well into her 80s.

Her husband Raymond Hatton passed away in 2007.

Mrs Hatton herself leaves two daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She went into care in 2008 owing to her dementia.

The funeral service will be held at Lutterworth Methodist Church in Bitteswell Road, Lutterworth.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Leicestershire Girl Guides.

All enquiries to Wilf Smith Funeral Directors.