as she was known was born in September 1915, the daughter of a Croydon
bricklayer. Her bright auburn hair made her distinctive together with her
matching brown eyes. She had three elder brothers and an elder sister and as
such was the youngest member of the family. There had been another sister but
she died an enfant.
family lived at a number of addresses in Croydon including 80 Woodside Green, 30
Oakley Road, then to 52 Richie Road, then 6 Upper Elmers End Road, then 60
Richie Road, later to move to 3 Woodside Way and then to 46 Johnson Road and
then to 10 Ashling Road.
went to Portland Road School (1922-1929) and then went on to become a shop
assistant with the Coop, where she met her future husband Sid at Elmers End
shop. They were married in August 1942 while he was enlisted in the army during
WWII. The family initially lived at 117 Upper Addiscombe Road, Croydon, with
Sid's parents. Bruce, the first child was born there but when Lionel, the second
son was expected they moved to 46 Kings Road, Belmont. Here she brought up the
family, occasionally doing part time work at the Coop in Banstead where her
husband was manager. Favourite holiday destination was Ryde, Isle of Wight where
they stayed at Mrs Cox's in Quarry Road. Later she ventured further afield with
the kids, notably Lyme Regis, where it is recalled one year she ran out of money
and had to get Sid to mail a remittance.
interests were the cub scouts and she was an active leader over many years. Her
jumble sales to raise funds were legendary. This also enabled her to maintain
her link with the local St John's church where she worshipped. She was a very
practical person, forever sewing and making items for the children. When the
children had left home Sid and Kath ventured abroad for their holidays, going
with Con and Joe, their daughter in law's parents. Kath loved dogs and these were regular pets in her early and latter years.
50s she suffered failing health and died in 1973, just in time to briefly enjoy
her grandchildren whom she cared about to the very end. She was cremated and a
stone placed at Mitcham Road Cemetery. This was subsequently repositioned at Bruce's Tower House.
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