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19 July 2012

23 July 1910 - 16 July 2012

Hilda Clingham

Sharon Henry, SHBC

St Helena's oldest living person, Hilda Clingham, passed away peacefully on Monday 16 July, 10:45pm at the Community Care Complex, Ladder Hill. She was born on 23 July 1910 and died just one week shy of her 102nd birthday.

Hilda was interviewed in 2009 for a local exhibition. Then aged 99, she gave an insight into her younger days. "I worked in South Africa for 26 years. I was the cook and I always used to cook and bake and do whatever had to be done. I worked for Webster Wouds and Anne Sailor who were film stars. Oh I loved working for them and they had two little children. Children can be very naughty sometimes and I don't have the patience for that. The only way I used to cool them down was say 'I'm going to leave you'll tomorrow you'll won't have nobody to look after you.' Then they would cool down, only for that minute though! I worked up in Jo'burg then I went to Pretoria with the children and from Pretoria we moved to Durban." When asked about the prospect of turning 100, Hilda replied, "I'm looking forward to it. I would like to see if I live that age and if I could be bright like I am now." Hilda received a telegram from Her Majesty the Queen when she turned 100 years old in 2010.

Granddaughter, Debbie Stroud said, "Nanny wasn't ill, she said she was just tired and ready to go. She was such a marvellous lady, never complained and always said, 'you take it as the cook serves it out'." Hilda will be sorely missed by her family and friends.


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