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Tributes to Marian Nelson

Marian Nelson R.I.P 27.5.1955-18.1.2014

We are sad to hear of the passing of Marian Nelson on Saturday 18 Jan 2014.

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Marian had been our receptionist for nearly 30 years and always greeted visitors with a warm welcome.

She will have been known to many and be sorely missed by all of us.

Some tributes from people who knew her

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"I was shocked to hear the news about Marian. She was such a lovely, friendly person and greeted me by name from my very first day." Laura Smith, former NCVO colleague.

"I was so sad to hear about the loss of Marian. She was wonderful to work with and always greeted me so warmly whenever I came back to visit. I have no doubt that she will be a huge loss to NCVO and am thinking of you all at this time." Sarah Clark, former NCVO colleague.

"Just read the news. So sad to hear this, Marian made getting to work enjoyable, she remembered everyone and always had a kind word. Even when I left NCVO every time I returned to the office I was greeted as a prodigal son - It always made my day. Coming back in future will not be the same." Mark Freeman, former NCVO colleague.

"Like so many others who have left NCVO, I was always warmed by the welcome from Marian whenever I returned for meetings or events, like a long lost family member. NCVO will not be the same without her." Janet Flemming, former NCVO colleague.

"So very sad to hear the news about Marian. She was a lovely person and always had a smile and something nice to say about everyone when we chatted every morning and evening going through reception. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time." Penny Gee, former Volunteering England employee.

"It is difficult to accept that Marian will not be at the NCVO reception desk, greeting everyone cheerfully and courteously. I have been visiting the NCVO building for all of the years Marian was employed by NCVO and however many months might pass between visits there was always a warm and friendly welcome from her. She and Jackie together have been a reassuring presence in an otherwise ever-changing world. I know Jackie is bereft and she and Marian’s colleagues and family have my deepest sympathy. Like everyone else I was shocked by the news of Marian’s untimely death and I will miss her greatly." Linda Laurence.

"I just saw the sad news about your receptionist, Marian – and I wanted to add my condolences; I too will miss her warm and friendly greetings." John Mohan.

"I was sad and shocked to hear the bad news about Marian. Over the last 15 years, Marian (and Jackie) have given all of us from UKCISA a warm and helpful welcome when coming to NCVO for our meetings and deliver our London courses. Even when busy, Marian remained friendly and helpful. Our condolences to her family, all of you at NCVO (and your colleague agencies in your building) including, particularly, Jackie – there was always such a good vibe coming from the two of you at reception and I know you must be missing Marian terribly." Duncan Lane.

"We were good friends with Marian, Marion in bygone years and both of us over the last 2-3 years. It is such a shock that no longer will we meet at weekends and plan days trips here and there. We shared many a laugh and serious moments too. Marian will be sadly missed by both of us and our thoughts and prayers are with her lovely mum and family." Marion & Agnes.

"Saddened to hear the news about Marian, what a loss to NCVO and all the people she touched. She was a wonderful colleague and friend, always accommodating, cheerful and patient, ready with a smile or cheeky joke and happy lend a listening ear when needed. She leaves plenty of happy memories." Katie Bennett-Hall, former colleague.

"I heard the sad news about Marian at the weekend and was truly shocked. She was the first person I met when I walked into NCVO for my interview, and the last person to say goodbye when I left six years later. NCVO has lost one of its anchors – a lovely person who carried out her role with resounding cheerfulness and consummate professionalism. I will remember her with warmth and respect. My thoughts are with her family and all who knew her." Lynne (NCVO planning & resources team 2006-11).

From March 28th 2013
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