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Name: PATERSON, Celia Alice

Birth Date: 1907 London

Death Date: 1995 Nairobi

Nationality: British

First Date: 1935

Last Date: 1995

Profession: Went to Kenya as a Domestic Science Teacher at the Nairobi High School

Area: Kibwezi, Makuyu, Kitale, Karen

Married: 1. Evan Gall Springer (d. 1966 Kilifi) 2. Hugh William Paterson (1907-1983)

Children: 1. Anne; Gill

Book Reference: Women 1/95

General Information:

Women - Obit. - She married Evan Springer just before war broke out. They lived at Kibwezi working sisal, later moving to Makuyu. In 1956 they bought their own farm, in Kitale and moved there with their two daughters Anne and Gill. Celia now aged fifty went back to teaching to help with school fees, but still carried out her farmer's wife's duties, overseeing the milking and care of calves, weekends and holidays. Sadly Evan's health deteriorated and they decided to retire to the coast. Evan died shortly after and Celia once again found herself back in Kitale, teaching dressmaking, embroidery and being more involved with the EAWL.
Four years later she met and married Hugh Paterson, who was farming a small mixed farm - so once again Celia was a farmer's wife. They decided it was time to leave Kitale and their friend from Makuyu days Bubbles Harroway offered them the White House on the edge of her property in Karen. Celia and Hugh were very happy here -  both social people and keen supporters of the Polo Club. ..... When Hugh died in 1986, Celia left the White House and moved into a friend's guest house, where she had a dreadful break-in and was nearly strangled in her bed - this decided her to move to a flat in Harrison House.

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