Mavis Lloyd died peacefully in her sleep on Boxing Day 2017.
Mavis was from Bexleyheath in Kent, and studied music at the Royal College of Music in London. She lived in Droitwich, Worcestershire for a few years, and then relocated to Hannington in the early 1960s. After the arrival of her two sons, the family moved to Old Basing in 1966.
Mavis’s main interest was music and she taught piano at home to many children from the village and from the Basingstoke area in after-school lessons. She tried to interest her two sons in the piano without much success, but was always thrilled when a pupil achieved a good result in one of the many music exams over the years. She also taught music and remedial reading part-time at the Old Basing Junior School, Harriet Costello School and Daneshill School.
In 1968, Mavis established the Basing Singers, and remained its conductor and accompanist for over forty years. She loved the choir and was delighted to see it grow from ladies-only to a mixed choir. She also accompanied the Basingstoke Male Voice Choir for many years.
In later life, she taught classes in literature appreciation at the University of the Third Age, and very much enjoyed the new challenge.
Sadly she had to relinquish many activities due to accidents and illness, and moved to Basingfield Court in December 2011.
Her funeral was held on 19 January 2018 at St Mary’s Church and was well-attended, with fine music provided by Paul Wright on the organ, the Basing Singers, and a recording of Mavis herself playing a work by Mendelssohn.
She is survived by her sons, Richard and Howard, three grandchildren and one further grandchild due in February 2018.