FISON, Ethel Mary

1870 - 1958

As Ethel Mary Prentice, she was born at Ipswich Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk on 25 January 1870, daughter of Edward Henry Prentice (1839-1871), a chemical manufacturer, and his wife Sarah Pitcairn née Webb (1838-1927), who married at Combs, Stowmarket in 1861. In 1871, Ethel was a 1 year old, living at Stowmarket with her parents, 32 year old Edward and 33 year old Sarah and two sibling sisters, Gertrude Minnie, born 1868 and Constance Isabel born 1871. Ethel married at Stowmarket in 1903, Frederick Flint Fison, and in 1911, a 41 year old, living at Shelbrook Boarding House, Cliff Terrace, Snettisham, Norfolk with her 35 year old husband Frederick, a schoolmaster, and their two children, 5 year old Joseph Edward and 2 year old Kathleen Mary Fison. Her husband died at Long Ashton, Somerset in 1919, aged 45 when Ethel returned to Suffolk. A member of Ipswich Art Society 1930-1934 and, as Mrs Fison, exhibited from Homefield, Croutel Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk in 1931, two watercolours 'Les Marecoltes' and 'Finhaut', she may have exhibited others but have been conflated with her daughter. In 1939, a widow living on private means, at 111 Woodstock Road, Oxford with other members of the Fison and Prentice families. Ethel Mary Fison died at 327 Woodstock Road, Oxford on 1 November 1958, aged 88, leaving an estate of 35,000.