Dorothy Oliver

At the age of 104, Dorothy Oliver, late of Salmonby and Horncastle, died at The Poplars Care Home in Market Rasen.

Dorothy’s motto in life was always to work and be busy and never look back.

She had a long and remarkable life and was referred to as that ‘Lovely lady’ by so many.

Dorothy was born on a farm at Kingthorpe, near Wragby.

She was only four years old when the First World War began and then lived through the Second World War.

She had always been a good pianist and singer, mostly remembering songs from the war years and the 1940s. The song, one of her favourites, ‘We’ll Meet Again’ was included in the service.

Dorothy had a teaching career, starting at Minting, where she had also been a pupil.

Other positions followed, until she married Harold Oliver where she helped on their farm at Ashby Puerorum.

She resumed her career working especially with the less confident child, which brought her great satisfaction.

On her retirement, by this time having moved to her bungalow in Horncastle, she began to work for charities in their shops.

Dorothy had many hobbies – gardening, painting in oils, tapestry, crochet and lace, but her favourite was knitting, especially socks, which she gave to family and friends.

She became known as ‘The Sock Lady” and even the cataract surgeon, when she was 100 years old, had a pair to wear.

She was a regular member at the Luncheon Club run by Mrs Norman and helpers and attended the Day Centre at Holmeleigh, where she was helped very kindly by their staff.

Unfortunately after a fall she was unable to live alone.

At ‘The Poplars’ she turned her mind to dominoes and became known as the “Domino Queen”.

A burial service took place at St Margaret’s Church, Salmonby, followed by a Thanksgiving Service at St Mary’s Church in Horncastle; both were conducted by the Rev Cilla Smith.

Funeral Directors were J Marshall of Market Rasen.

Dorothy was Church Warden at Salmonby for a number of years, but then the church itself was taken down, but not before her daughter was married there.

Also in the churchyard is the grave of Dorothy’s mother-in-law and father-in-law, George and Carrie Oliver

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Margaret Sergeant and daughter-in-law Rita Oliver.

Sadly, Dorothy was predeceased by her son John, her son-in-law John Sergeant and her brother Bryan.

Family mourners were: Margaret Sergeant (daughter); Rita Oliver (daughter-in-law); Jackie and Quinton Parker, Sara and Owen Everard, Faye Oliver and Matt, Natalie Oliver and Andrew (granddaughters); Thomas Oliver (grandson); Kate and Richard Leeson, Jo Parker and Rob, Charlotte Everard and Oliver Everard (great-grandchildren); George and Kiyoe Oliver, Doris Oliver (also rep the family), Norman and Sue Oliver (also rep Richard), Janice Payne (also rep the family) (nephews and nieces); Dawn and Davina Atkinson, Monica Bourn (cousins).

Friends at the service were: Pam Robinson; Mavis Mowbray; Graham and Sylvia Mowbray; Richard Stamp (also rep Anne Stamp); Robert and Kath Barber; Joyce Goodacre (also rep Mabel Dack and also the Luncheon Club); Mr and Mrs Michael Perkins; Robin Shannon (also rep Jan Shannon); Pat and Henry Smith; Julie Zukowskyj; Lynn Nichols (also rep Geoffrey Barker); Gill Campion (also rep Celia Lancaster); Betty Jackson; Anne Kemp; Margaret Pinney; Beryl Bett; Mr and Mrs Stan Burton; Pam and Barry Chapman; Jo Woolliams; Doris Foster (also rep the Luncheon Club); Kath Danby (also rep Dennis); Mr and Mrs William Wallis; Pat Woodcock (also rep Sally Twigg); Mark Woodcock; John Simons; Mrs Morris (also rep Mary Burton); Mrs Waddington; Mr M Rowett; Mrs Cornell; Jean Wallis (also rep Tut Wallis); June Lambing (also rep Jean Norman); Debbie Turner and Sheila Pickering (also rep The Poplars).