KIBBLE, Sally Ann

1955 - 2009

Sally Kibble

As Sally Ann Hill, she was born at Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1955, daughter of Roger G. Hill and his wife Dorothy P. née Barham, who married at Woodbridge in 1948. After obtaining an 'A' level in English she seemed likely to study sculpture at the Slade in London, but decided instead to join the occupational therapy department of an Ipswich psychiatric hospital. She married in 1978, David John Kibble and worked under the name of Sally Kibble. Whilst working as a craft instructor, Sally was selling her etchings of Suffolk churches through galleries and bookshops and was commissioned to paint studies of houses. She worked in her husband's plastics company, Skar Precision Moulding, based in Hadleigh, Suffolk, and also set up her own catering company. Sally gained an Open University degree in literature and history and commenced her literary career, publishing 'Beef on the Bone' (2001) and 'Sowl Searching' (2004) which is set in Southwold. Sally and her husband amassed what became the largest private collection of Churchyard paintings and drawings and Sally set to work on a fictionalised account of the family and 'The Artist's Daughter' was published in 2008. In the late 1990s the Kibbles relocated to Southwold, which for many years, had been their holiday home. There Sally painted topographical watercolours and her splendid panorama of South Green is now in the town museum. She unfortunately succumbed to her cancer and died in 2009, aged just 54. Her collection of Churchyard paintings was sold by auction by Durrants of Beccles in June 2015.