A lifetime of Guiding law

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EIGHTY years ago Muriel Smith solemnly recited the Girl Guide promise to be trusty, helpful, courteous and kind.

Little did the guide leader listening to those words realise that the young recruit would follow that law to the letter until the day she died.

Muriel Smith MBE died on November 31 at the age of 92 after a lifetime spent serving her community.

She was former captain of the 4th Bletchley Girl Guides, Brown Owl to Newton Longville Brownies and district president of the Ouse Valley Trefoil Guild

A talented cook, she reigned over the fire at guide camps with her husband Ernie and their children.

For 30 years Muriel was a Red Cross volunteer, working for the Stony Stratford branch and cooking hot meals for pensioners – many younger than herself.

An active member of the hospital’s League of Friends, she was awarded the MBE in 1998.

Her daughter Denise Lord said: “She showed by example what it means to be a friend to others and to be kind and helpful... she put into practice the laws she made as a guide all those years ago.”