‘Vivacious’ teacher loses third battle with cancer
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.