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Remembered with Affection - Ruth Elizabeth (Liz) Stokes, née Evans

(Chilcomb, Earlsdown 1962) 27 Apr 1945 -21 Jun 2018

Liz was born in Sussex in April 1945, the youngest of three siblings. She attended St Swithun’s where she proved herself to be a perfectionist, a trait which endured throughout her life.

She excelled at everything she put her mind to, be it sport (she captained the tennis and lacrosse teams), choir or orchestra, as well as clearly being academically gifted, like her parents and two brothers.

 After studying law at Bristol University, she trained and worked as a solicitor. She had a desire to teach others and subsequently completed a Masters Degree at King’s College, London. She when on to teach at Thames Valley University and the prestigious Inns of Court School of Law. Finally she became an Immigration Judge until she retired.

Away from work, she loved the arts, particularly music and theatre and spent many happy summers acting. Indeed it was while acting in Love’s Labour’s Lost with the Bar Theatricals that she met David, her husband of 34 years until his equally untimely death in 2004.

During all of this, she had a strong desire to use her intellect, her energy and passion to help others. For many years, she and a friend ran the Putney branch of the YWCA and she later became a London Borough Councillor, particularly enjoying spending time with elderly residents.

At the same time she continued her work as an immigration judge. Her perfectionist nature came to the fore as she would work late into the night to make sure she assessed every case fairly and thoroughly. The job catered perfectly to her intellectual curiosity and she often joined other immigration judges on trips to countries in east Africa, as well as Georgia and Armenia from where so many of those who appeared in front of her came. She wanted to understand their motives first hand.

Liz also loved to travel with family and friends, including to Syria, Argentina, the Falkland Islands and New York. Christmas time with loved ones was a particular favourite. 

Liz will be sorely missed by all her dear friends and family.


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