NUNN, Mary Cecilia

1864 - 1952

Mary Cecilia Nunn, was born at Ipswich on 25 July, and baptised at St Mary le Tower church, Ipswich on 13 October 1864, daughter of Robert Lindley Nunn [q.v.] and his first wife Catherine Jane Stutter (1827-1884), who married at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk on 24 June 1852, Mary was the sister of Alexandra Louise Nunn [q.v.]. In 1881, a 16 year old pupil boarder at Old Hove House School, Hove, Sussex, and on returning to Ipswich became a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1886-1893. A painter in oil of portraits and landscapes and exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club from Westerfield Road, Ipswich, in 1886 'Moonlight', in 1887 'Portrait' and in 1893 'Westerfield Road, Ipswich' all oils. She married at Ipswich in 1895, Revd William Arthur French (1852-1938), curate at St Mary le Tower, Ipswich and rector of Little Blakenham-with-Nettlestead, near Ipswich 1895-1934. In 1911, 46 year old Mary Cecilia was living at The Rectory, Little Blakenham, near Ipswich with her 58 year old husband William, a clerk in holy order, born at Paddington, London, with their 14 year old son Arthur Cecil; their daughter Evelyn Daphne Alexandra [Awdry], who was baptised at Little Blakenham on 6 August 1899 was staying with her uncle, Alfred Townsend Cobbold at the nearby Bramford House, near Ipswich. In 1935 they moved to Wayside, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire where her husband died on 31 May 1938 and buried at Little Blakenham. In 1939 Mary was living at 'Cotens', Rowdens Hill, Chippenham and was of Wayside, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham when she died at Clevedon House Nursing Home, Chippenham on 2 August 1952.