Oldest Old-Girl, Grace Ardouin, Dies Aged 105
It was with sadness that we learnt of the death of St Saviour's & St Olave's oldest old-girl, Grace Ardouin who died last month at the grand old age of 105 years.
Grace attended St Saviour's & St Olave's in the 1920s when the school was still under its first head, Miss Frodsham. In those days, pupils had to pay fees to attend secondary school and Grace was fortunate enough to be awarded a Parishioner's Scholarship which helped with the costs. Grace's family were closely linked with St Saviour's & St Olave's - she had an uncle who was Head Verger at the Cathedral.
Our school must have made a positive impression on Grace as she became a teacher herself, eventually reaching the position of Head Teacher at John Perry school in Dagenham, where she was in charge for forty eight years.
Grace was mentally alert right to the end of her life and was still able to do the Times crossword until well past a hundred years.
Our sympathy goes out to all who knew her.