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Obituary: modest proof-reader with little to be modest about

Born on New Year’s Eve 1930 at the family farm in Ramsbury on the beautiful Kennet Valley in Wilshire, Susan Grant, who died of a stroke on March 22, was one of the most erudite and formidable women one could have the good fortune to encounter. In an era when clever girls could not look beyond secretarial college, Susan started at the local Building Society then next emerged on the admin staff at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. Some move.

Returning to the UK she met her future husband Douglas, a government official, and followed him to Cyprus in 1957 where they married the same year. Their son Ian was born here the next year when Douglas was posted to Nigeria to establish the first Television Station and Susan became part of the administration in the new university. Daughter Sarah was born in 61. After a short sojourn in England it was back to Africa, more admin, then a complete change of direction when Susan ran a Bed and Breakfast in Brighton.

It was during this period she revealed her extraordinary versitility in the field of general knowledge. She appeared on Brain of Britain and Mastermind; even winning a car on Sale of the Century and taking all the family into ‘Ask the Family’.

When Douglas retired he chose to return to Cyprus, where he was joined by Susan who closed the house, packed the car, and drove it to Cyprus.

After Douglas died in 1994, Susan immersed herself in interests that embraced Theatre, Dance, Cinema, the Anglican Church, quizzes, crosswords and Bridge, and was even a proof reader at the Cyprus Mail.

A pillar of the Anglo Cypriot Theatre, she devoted countless hours to management and administration. A founder member of the many Women’s Guilds and Societies, always willing to appear and participate in their fund-raisers, she will be greatly missed.

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