‘Vi­va­cious’ teacher loses third bat­tle with can­cer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

TRIBUTES have been paid to an “out­stand­ing” teacher who twice bravely fought the can­cer that fi­nally took her life.

Na­dine But­ten­shaw, who be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer in Ash­ford, died at Kent and Can­ter­bury Hospi­tal on Fri­day morn­ing.

French-born Mrs But­ten­shaw, who was 48, lived with her hus­band Colin and their chil­dren Thomas, 18, and Faus­tine, 14, in Can­ter­bury.

Mrs But­ten­shaw grew up in a small vil­lage in south west France and came to Eng­land in 1980, aged 21, to work as a French as­sis­tant at the North Girls’ and the North Boys’ schools in Ash­ford.

She met Mr But­ten­shaw, a PE teacher at the North Boys’ school, and the cou­ple mar­ried in 1985.

A tal­ented lin­guist, Mrs But­ten­shaw com­pleted her teacher train­ing at Can­ter­bury Christ Church Univer­sity be­fore teach­ing French at the Chaucer Tech­nol­ogy School in the city.

A well-re­spected mod­ern lan­guages teacher at Si­mon Lang­ton Girls’ Gram­mar School, Can­ter­bury, Mrs But­ten­shaw was first di­ag­nosed with can­cer of the colon in 2004.

Af­ter six months of chemo­ther­apy she was given the all-clear and re­turned to the Lang­ton to teach Span­ish for a year.

But last sum­mer the can­cer came back. She had more chemo­ther­apy and was given the all­clear a sec­ond time in Jan­uary. Trag­i­cally, the can­cer re­turned at Easter.

Lang­ton head teacher An­thony Stan­ton de­scribed her as an out­stand­ing teacher who was en­thu­si­as­tic, en­cour­ag­ing, funny, vi­va­cious and ut­terly com­mit­ted.

Her funeral ser­vice takes place at Barham Cre­ma­to­rium at 2.40pm on Tues­day.

The fam­ily have asked peo­ple to come dressed in colour­ful at­tire to cel­e­brate her life.

Fam­ily flow­ers only. Do­na­tions in lieu of flow­ers can be made to the Cathe­dral Day Unit at Kent and Can­ter­bury Hospi­tal through C.W. Lyons and Son Funeral Direc­tors, Mil­i­tary Road, Can­ter­bury.

Na­dine But­ten­shaw

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