By Alexander Hume.
Wendy Wilkins, who worked for Sandes in the late 1960s and 1970s passed away on 22 November, 2015, in the care home in Falmouth where she had lived since 2010.
Wendy was born Wendola Hezlet in Eltham near London, where her father was a gunner seconded to the Ministry of Munitions. She was educated at the Royal School, Bath, a school for the daughters of army officers. At 18 she accompanied her parents to India, where her father had been appointed Deputy Master General of the Ordnance. There she met and married her first husband, Andrew Parke Hume of the Indian Civil Service. It was in India that Wendy first made her acquaintance with Sandes Homes and spent a summer in the Rhaniket home.
Wendy, Andrew, and their three children, left India in 1947, first to Scotland and then to Nairobi in Kenya, where Andrew held two government positions. They returned to England in 1960 to look after Andrew’s father in Norfolk.
After she was widowed, Wendy moved to Yorkshire to live with her son. Before long she joined the Sandes Home at Catterick Garrison as a volunteer, working with Len and Iris Hall. She then managed the Belfast home, before serving with Sandes in Singapore, where she met and married her second husband, Fred Wilkins.
They retired to Portaferry in NI, before moving to Northamptonshire to be nearer Fred’s family. When Fred died, she lived alone for a while and then moved to Falmouth to be near her daughter, Andrina. Eventually she moved into Langholme, a Methodist-owned care home. She attended the local Salvation Army as long as she was able, and in the care home she played the piano for the weekly service. She died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 98. Her daughter Jessica said at her funeral, Mum had a simple, almost child-like faith in Jesus, arising from a deep conviction in the goodness and love of God for all of us.
She is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.