Margaret Palmer worked at John Lyon School between 1973 and 1984, initially as secretary to the Centenary Fund and later for teachers and The Lyonian magazine.
On leaving John Lyon, The Lyonian magazine 1985 reported the then Headmaster Dixon's comments at Speech Day, "Two ladies, who have done so much for the School for so many years in the offices, also left at the end of the summer term. Mrs. Margaret Palmer ran the Campaign Office with great efficiency, treading with certain step amid the minefield of taxation law. She also acted as secretary for the masters and I know they have greatly appreciated her work on their behalf. We thank her for all she has done and wish her and her husband a long and happy retirement."
It was indeed a long retirement, nearly 35 years, and also a happy one, according to her son Keith. She continued an active role in her community, working hard for causes close to her heart. As recently as January 2019, she appeared in a local newspaper, with a report on her efforts to raise money for Save the Children through a Christmas fundraiser event at the care home she lived in, in Harrow. Staff at the home said of her, "Margaret has always lived life to the full, from her time as a stewardess, to her years of volunteering."
Margaret was cared for and much loved by her son, Keith. With Keith playing so active a part in the Old Lyonian Association, it was difficult for Margaret not to keep a strong interest in the School and Lyonian affairs right until the time of her passing. She passed away after a brief illness on Friday 6th March 2020.
Her cremation will be on 19th March at the Breakspear Crematorium in Ruislip at 3.15pm.