May. 14th, 2011

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Remembering England’s First Lady

14/05/1981 – Bernadette Crouch, wife of Bartemius Crouch, Sr. and the First Lady of wizarding Britain, passed away in her home in Brighton early yesterday evening. Her death comes as a tragic and unexpected blow following recent turmoil and civil unrest. Officials have cited her death as being the result of complications from a lifelong condition. She was 42 years old.

Bernadette was born on 17 December, 1939, in Barloz, Belgium. She lived there with her loving father until they immigrated to England, where Bernadette spent her childhood. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where she was placed into Gryffindor house, awarded the academic honours of Prefect and of Head Girl, and graduated with well-deserved NEWTs at the age of 18. Berndette worked for several years with an independent community advocacy centre in South London, until retiring just before the birth of her only son to devote her time to her small but cherished family. She was a respected supporter of all officers of the Magical Law Enforcement, participating in campaigns and benefits up until the time of her death. Family and friends will remember her as a gracious, resilient woman with a deeply generous nature. She was a great source of strength to those around her and will be missed always by her family, friends, and community.

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Minister for Magic Bartemius Crouch, Sr.; son, Bartemius Crouch, Jr.; sisters-in-law Henrietta Crouch and Madrona Crouch, as well as many dear friends. A private service and interment will be held for family members. The family ask that remembrances of Bernadette's life be directed to Walcott & Sons Funeral Home in Brighton.

Page A3 of the Daily Prophet. )


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