Patricia Rock, who died on 21 May 2015 aged 83, was an enthusiastic musician and a long-standing member of the Methodist Church Music Society and subsequently of ArtServe.
Pat attended her first MCMS conference in 1959. She became MCMS assistant lay secretary in 1985 and by 1988 had also taken over as membership secretary. She became treasurer in 1990, a position she held along with that of membership secretary until 1997. She was then elected an honorary member of MCMS and continued to attend annual conferences regularly until her health made this too difficult.
Born in south London, her family moved to Stoneleigh (near Epsom) when she was four and she lived in the same house until she found it necessary to enter residential care a few months before her death.
Her working life was spent with the CEGB – subsequently National Power – in Leatherhead. Her church life was at Stoneleigh Methodist Church where she was a founder member of the Sunday School and remained a church member until the end of her life. As well as singing in the church choir and playing the piano for services, she was church treasurer for many years and until relatively recently circuit treasurer. She also played for the church music group and encouraged people to learn to read music.
She was a member of the City of London Choir for many years, singing at prestigious London concert halls and in cathedrals and churches around the country. Closer to home, she played the piano for for the Cuddington Players, including Gilbert and Sullivan productions. She also enjoyed playing duets.
Born with spina bifida, she endured physical challenges with great good humour. She particularly enjoyed travel and eating out with friends.
Pat is thanked by MCMS chairman
Spencer Freeman on her retirement as
treasurer and membership secretary in 1997