Secretary, Gillian Wheatley, laid flowers under Celia’s very own tree at Normanby Hall, on the anniversary of her death, on 30 October 2002.
Celia had a real zest for life and a passion for adventurous holidays when she was alive and had already travelled to Peru and Vietnam. Tragically, while holidaying in South Africa with a girlfriend, her life was cut short at only 38 years old, when their tour bus overturned in the rain and Celia was killed outright. Celia was amongst 5 Britons killed in the crash, but her friend survived.
Celia was one of the country’s most talented solicitors in the field of family law and child care work, often working on evening and weekends. A delightful and invigorating colleague to work with, compassion and integrity were the hallmarks of her character and she was extremely well loved by everyone who knew her. After studying at John Leggott College in Scunthorpe, Celia joined Bradbury Roberts & Raby at 16 and worked in administration as an article clerk and then qualified as a solicitor. She was eventually awarded Partner status by the firm for her dedication and commitment to her work.
Celia carried out a great deal of community work and was a volunteer at the Womens Refuge and was committed to promoting safe child contact. The Child Contact Centre in Scunthorpe was named after her.
Following an emotional funeral held at Normanby Hall, which was attended by 500 mourners in a huge marquee, including her partner Gareth, family and employers, it was decided to plant a tree at the Hall in her honour, to celebrate her remarkable life and achievements. Underneath this a box was also buried, which contained some of her personal items.
Celia was a wonderful character and her spirit of adventure knew no bounds. One of the highlights of her life was an incredible day spent flying with the Red Arrows.
In final touching tribute, the office of Bradbury Roberts & Raby was named Wadsworth House after an incredible woman who has left a lasting legacy and continues to be an inspiration to us all.