I found out a week ago that Hannah Hauxwell died at the end of January aged 91. Her funeral takes place tomorrow.
Hannah was 'discovered' by Yorkshire Television, a 46-year old single woman living a solitary bleak life of utter deprivation on a remote farm in Yorkshire. It went on to feature her life as part of 1973 documentary called Too Long a Winter, which is available to watch here, then later A Winter Too Many here and Hannah Hauxwell: Past and Present here. She took part in several documentaries and many books about her life were also written.
Despite the conditions, she was so incredibly cheerful and optimistic. The last of her family died when she was 34, leaving her alone to run the 80-acre farm but she never felt sorry for herself. If anything, she was enormously grateful for the little she did have.
I don't know why she struck such a chord with me over the years. Maybe I like stories of strong brave women fighting against adversity.
I hope that chapel is packed to the rafters tomorrow.