Estelle White

WHITE, (Elizabeth) Estelle. b. South Shields, County Durham (now in Tyne and Wear), 4 December 1925; d. 9 February 2011. Born into a musical family, she learned to play the guitar and saxophone in her youth. She joined the army in 1943, and was based at Fenham Barracks, Newcastle upon Tyne, until she was moved to London with an army band to play the saxophone. After coming out of the army, she trained as a physiotherapist. She worked with children with cerebral palsy for six years, including about 18 months in Canada during which she became a Roman Catholic. Having discovered a love of words, she briefly worked in the advertising division of Proctor and Gamble after leaving work as a...

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