It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Anne Witzer of Basildon, Essex.
Dogs were always part of Anne’s life and she exhibited Norwich Terriers, as did her close friend Betty Pybus. Previously with her mother Marjorie Picknett of Redcar, Yorkshire she exhibited German Shepherds as did their very close friend Mrs Guy.
Her bitch Grewgrass Geisha Girl was best veteran bitch at Crufts for four years. Anne served for a time on the committee of the Norwich Terrier Club. She was chairman of Basildon Branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind for 20 years. She also ran the very successful Riverview Dog Training Club and excelled in preparing puppies for the show ring.
Donna Harwicke a National Junior Handling Champion was a member of the club. It was also attended by Jody Harrison who also became a National Junior Handling Champion.
Anne was 66 years old and will be sadly missed.
Mrs Zena R Wallace (Claywell)
3rd June 1928 - 20th March 2007
A minute's silence was kept on 25th March 07 at the Notts and Derby District Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club Members Limit Show in memory of Mrs Zena Wallace, a long time member, committee member and cup steward for the club. Zena was totally committed to the welfare and promotion of dogs, especially the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The Claywell line was established by Zena and her late husband John. Zena a widow of many years continued to breed and be involved with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. We were fortunate to get to know her in the 80's and eventually bought the founding bitch of our line (Calrolo) Claywell Red Enchantress (Claywell Red Ensign by Zena's Wild Rose At Claywell CC). After the untimely demise of Claywell Enchantress's sister Zena had a bitch back from us (Calrolo Celestial Belle at Claywell). Great friends, she even baby sat for Robert (now a big 17year old!) and shared a page in the 1996 SBT annual. Zena also got into the stud book registered with Claywell Donnabelle, Claywell Rosabelle and Claywell Bosuns Lyric.
Zena was generous to a fault providing rosettes and trophies for many different clubs, she could always be relied on for a raffle prize or donation. Zena was also the cup steward for East Midlands SBT Club and turned a few trophies into quite a collection of cups and shields still being used today.
A well known Championship show judge, in 2002 at Birmingham Zena pulled one of the biggest entries for SBT at any show. There were quite a few "reds" it has to be said! She also judged most of the Terrier breeds and then went on to become involved with many other breeds including Canaan Dogs and Manchester Terriers in particular. An Associate Member of the Kennel Club she went onto judge at the highest level but was still happy to be secretary of the local Mansfield Canine Society for many years.
Many will miss Zena, last seen at the Manchester Terrier ring at Crufts.
Anthony & Suzanna Calladine
We first met Zena in 1994 at the West Torrington Show while showing our first male Manchester Terrier, Sophyla The Bucca-Dhu of Tetani. She approached us and asked if we had ever taken him to a Championship Show, our answer was no which she persuaded us to give it try and we soon got Bucca stud book number.
From then on a deep friendship developed eventually becoming a partner in 2000 with Tetani Kesseny-Dhu and Tetani Princess of Darkness. Zena became part of our family and stayed over Christmas and came on holiday with us to Norfolk. Despite being unwell Zena insisted on accompanying us to Crufts where she saw many old friends from the dog world.
Zena leaves two sisters and their families whom she thought a lot of, she also leaves an affix that will be seen in many a pedigree.
Terry & Delia Hemsell
Zena's funeral will be held at Mansfield Crematorium on Monday 16th April at 2pm. Funeral Directors are Ken Gregory & Son of Kirby In Ashfield. There will be a reception following the service. Anyone wishing to attend the reception please telephone Terry & Delia Hemsell on 01623 469141. The family have requested that donations would be preferable to flowers, however those who wish to send flowers are politely asked that these be fresh cut flowers.
The donations will be split between the Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Manchester Terriers Welfare Fund. (Please contact Terry & Delia for further information). Any flowers received will be enjoyed on the day by family and friends and then will be donated to local hospices for others to enjoy. That would have been Zena's preference. Our condolences go to her family and close friends.