b Merryoake, Southampton 1937. She left school at 16 to work in a chemist’s shop, 1953–60, and married David W (engineer) in 1960; they have 3 children and now several grandchildren. Her first hymn text, a version of Ps 147, was published by ‘Jubilate’ in 1984. She formerly belonged to Southampton’s Above Bar Church, taking part in choir events there; by 1996 she had written more than 20 hymn texts. From 1999 she no longer had any church affiliation; she retired in 2002, ‘still trying to make Jesus Christ known by my daily walk of faith in God’s grace’, living at Sholing, Southampton. Her version of Ps 13, How long, O Lord, will you forget features in several books including Spring Harvest collections Sing Glory (1999) and Sing Praise (2010). No.673.