It is with great sadness that I write of the death of Monika Sherwin-White who worked as a receptionist at Viney Hall Physiotherapy for 13 years, retiring at the end of 2015.
She was a wonderfully cheerful person, always very welcoming to our clients and always there for us , loyal, reliable, and efficient. She was full of fun, loved a glass or two of champagne or cava, and came to life when she was able to get out and relax with friends, family or colleagues, and especially with her horses.
I first encountered Monika when she taught our children to ride on her dear little grey pony, Pinkie. She would teach them, and many others too, to groom the pony, pick out his feet, and then run along with them in the woods. I rode with her on Dizzy, she on Amber, and she encouraged me to jump logs in the woods. We had many happy hours riding together, and she would tell me stories of her glamorous life as the wife of a film script writer – far removed from the rural life in the Forest of Dean.
Monika and her husband David had a holiday cottage in Viney Hill for many years before moving to settle here with their daughter Skye who was brought up here. The cottage has a wonderful view of the river Severn and beyond, and she kept her horses in the surrounding paddocks. She worked hard with her horses and ponies, at one time keeping three or four, and looking after her husband and home, as well as going to work. She was very involved in the riding community in the Forest, competing on her horse, Maggie, and helping to judge in local horse events.
When she retired, at 72, she devoted herself to looking after David at home, finding it increasingly difficult to leave him home alone. She was thrilled at the birth of her granddaughter and loved her occasional visits to Skye and Tallis in London, and when they came to the Forest. She was so excited that they were planning to come home for Christmas.
Monika died suddenly and too soon, aged 74 years. She still had so much to give. She leaves her husband David, daughter Skye and grandaughter Tallis, and will be greatly missed by many in the Forest of Dean whose lives she touched with her joy of life and enthusiasm.
Monika receives a leaving gift at Viney Hall Physiotherapy.
Monika’s funeral service will be at the Forest of Dean Crematorium on Tuesday 5th September at 11.30am.
Pip Deave. August 2017