Born into a rich family, she gave away her fortune and sold her large house at the centre of the island so that she could move into a smaller, terraced property above Marble Bay and donate all of her money to her charity, Ormer Orphans. She, herself, had been orphaned at the age of 16 while away on French exchange.
Prior to giving away her fortune she had been responsible for up to 10% of the island’s annual tax revenues.
She was in her early sixties at the time of her death but got away with dressing slightly younger. She was also a drinker and smoker. She was also friends with BBC Radio Guernsey producer Rosalynd Holdbrook.
On the day of her death, The Sarnian published the following potted summary of her life, not all of which was entirely accurate:
Orphaned at the age of sixteen, the slaughtered heiress gave up a sizeable fortune in her late forties — along with the family’s ancestral home close to Saumerez Park — and used the proceeds to fund Ormer Orphans, the charity for bereaved children she set up in memory of her slain parents.
She had lived since then in a modest Napoleonic terrace close to the bay where her decaying remains were discovered. She invited Dixon to move in shortly after his arrival on the island. Vendor details obtained as a result of diligent inquiries by Sarnian reporters revealed the house to be a single-bedroomed property. She and Dixon were unmarried at the time of her death