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Headteacher lived life in the fast lane

PUBLISHED: 11:03 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 25 August 2010

A FORMER head teacher whose passions ranged from award-winning art to Brands Hatch track days, has died. Mavis Levinson (nee Carter) died aged 82 on Easter Monday, April 5, at Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice. Family and friends will attend her fune

A FORMER head teacher whose passions ranged from award-winning art to Brands Hatch track days, has died.

Mavis Levinson (nee Carter) died aged 82 on Easter Monday, April 5, at Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice.

Family and friends will attend her funeral at Eltham Crematorium at 1pm next Wednesday. Born on May 13, 1927 in Hither Green, Mrs Levinson lived initially in Lee, above a garage and bike shop in Burnt Ash Hill run by her father, Walter Carter.

She started her schooling at the former Bridgen Primary School, Blendon, where she would later become headmistress.

She had a passion for powerful motorbikes, owning several - including a Harley-Davidson - and enjoyed riding around Brands Hatch in track sessions.

Family friend, John Wright, described the story behind a picture of Mrs Levinson posing in a floral summer dress next to a Honda Goldwing motorbike and said: "She was staying in a hotel, spotted the bike, and asked the owner if she could ride it around the car park.

"He agreed and was amazed when she did, just wearing a dress and smart blazer."

Mrs Levinson started her teaching career at St Mary's School, Bourne Road, moving to Parkwood Primary School and then Bridgen Primary. When the school closed five years later, she became deputy head of Days Lane School, retiring in 1984. As chairman of the Bexley, Dartford and Gravesend branch of the Parkinson's Disease Society, she started a monthly club at the pop-in-parlour in Crayford and visited the housebound.

She was also the first chairman of Bexley Townswomens' Guild, joined the Red Cross, became a member of MENSA, a school governor and mobile librarian for the Women's Royal Voluntary Service.

After her first husband, Vic Worth, died in 1990, she later married Philip Levinson in 1999.

Donations in her memory can be sent to: Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice, 185 Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood, London, SE2 0GB (Alternatively, call: 0208 312 2244).

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