Community pays tribute to ‘wonderful, gentle woman’

Tributes have been paid to a “lovely, caring and gentle” woman who died following a short illness.

Elaine Groome, 63, of Hook Norton – known as Min – died at Katharine House Hospice on December 29 after a short battle with cancer.

Mrs Groome had been a teacher at Hook Norton Primary School for about 20 years until her retirement two and a half years ago.

Noel Bell knew her family for more than 20 years. He said: “We were aware of her illness for a couple of months. She was a lovely person, very gentle and kind and always approachable as a teacher. She was very good with the children.”

Mrs Groome lived in Hook Norton for about 25 years. She leaves her husband Pat and their children Tom and Anna.

She enjoyed walking and travelling and was a fan of music by Bob Dylan.

Mr Bell said: “My wife taught at the school at the same time as Min and both our families became really good friends.

“Our children also grew up together as they were the same age too.

“Min was a great teacher and really popular in the village. She loved travelling and did so at every opportunity.”

Villagers took to the Hook Norton Facebook page to pay their respects to Mrs Groome.

Katie Rowena Underwood said: “She was a kind, gentle soul. She taught all my children and was a lovely woman. With great sadness.”

Jane Turner Whitaker added: “I’m so sad to hear this news. She was a lovely person, kind and caring.”

Mrs Groome’s funeral is at 2pm on Tuesday, January 14 at St Peter’s Church, Hook Norton at 2pm. The family have asked for no flowers to be sent, but donations can be sent to Katharine House Hospice.