Angela Extall

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Angela was born in 1943 and retired early at 54 after a career in the RAF and then in the DHSS.

She was full of life, with many interests. She enjoyed watching football and was enthusiastic about tennis and snooker. She went regularly to the gym and also swam. A real ale fan and quiz enthusiast, she enjoyed quizzes at the Willow Pub in West Bridgford and at the Lord Roberts. Many of her friends first met her at from 1993 onwards at the WAG nights - a Friday night lively social at the Women's Centre.

The following note was written by Tony Barker, from Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.

Angela joined Nottingham Lesbian & Gay Switchboard in 2004 in a training programme which, that year, had 7 female and 6 male newcomers participating in the training. Angela was the only woman out of those 7 to finish the course and become a fully-fledged operator. She was a great asset to the helpline, with her warm friendly voice and ability to put people at their ease. She regularly attended Switchboard’s monthly meetings as well as any social events which were organised. She became a Trustee at the time when Switchboard registered as a charity.

For Angela, I think Switchboard was a new ‘start in life’, and one which brought her into contact with many others, either by helping callers on the other end of the telephone line or in regular contact with her colleagues on the helpline. Because operators had to make use of a computer, Angela decided to obtain a computer for herself and master its intricacies – yet another new ‘start in life’ for her. I remember I went to her house on one occasion to show her how something worked – she was ever the learner!

It was with sadness that we accepted Angela’s resignation in 2009, but understood that this was mainly due to health problems. Angela continued to meet myself and 2 other Switchboard operators for the occasional Chinese meal at the Big Wok (now defunct) or May Sum, followed by a drink (or two) at a gay hostelry!

Angela died suddenly at her home on April 19th 2011. The 50+ people who packed The Holy Rood Church at Edwalton on May 11th showed how much Angela was loved by her friends, and the photo on the cover of the order of service rightly showed a smiling Angela – the one we will remember.

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