Farewell to Chris – one of a kind

I went to the funeral today of Chris Carver, a stalwart of many Devizes organisations and one of those people who once met never forgotten.
Bill Sadleir, who served with Chris as a governor at Bishops Cannings School, summed her up in his own unique style during the service.
Like him I have never known anyone with a laugh quite like Chris. She and I first met when her twins and my son were toddlers.
We had both gone to a rather middle-class parenting class and she helped to make the evenings fun.
As you do in Devizes we crossed paths a few times over the next couple of years but when our children started at the same time at Bishops Cannings School we became friends.
She was always a woman with a cause. It didn't matter if it was better bus routes, equal opportunities for boys and girls, help for children with learning difficulties or saving the environment she was at the vanguard.
But it didn't matter how serious the subject she always had a laugh and it was this ability that got others to join in too.
When Chris was diagnosed with breast cancer when her three children were still very young she once again showed her battling spirit.
She made it clear she would keep on fighting the disease and stay with her children and husband as long as possible.
Her eldest child is now an adult and her twins just shy of their 18th birthdays. She would have been pleased to almost see them in to adulthood and delighted the funeral service she helped plan ran like clockwork.
Well done Chris!

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