Dolores Mann 1945- 2015

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Dolores, who died on 9th August in Mellish House,  was held in Foxearth Church on 28th August. In the presence of  her family, friends and local residents the service was conducted by the Team Vicar, Rev. Sally Womersley and afterwards Dolores was laid to rest in the churchyard.

Dolores was born at Caversham, Reading but after her parents divorce came to live at Long Melford  in 1951 when her mother married Robert Drury. When Dolores met and wed David they moved to Belchamp Walter where they brought up their four children Steven, Paul, Richard and Sheena. In the early days Dolores worked from home taking in sewing at which she was very gifted. She also helped out on local farms hoeing sugar beet and fruit picking; she later worked at the Cannon baby products factory at Glemsford. In about 1987 Dolores moved to Foxearth where she could indulge her passion for gardening – experimenting with unusual fruits and plants. Her other relaxations were reading history, listening to classical music and opera, continuing with her sewing and craftwork and – over the last 20 years – having memorable days out with her partner Desmond. Highlights at this time were trips to their favourite Felixstowe and Shotley and an unforgettable “one-off” to the London Eye.

Well-known and respected for her friendship to people – particularly those who were struggling for various reasons – Dolores did valuable charitable work with “Homestart” and befriending organisations. As well as her four children she had 10 grandchildren and also great grandchildren and we extend to all her family and friends our sympathy in their loss.

Ken Nice

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