Older villagers will have many memories of Dora Ross, as she lived in Congresbury for the majority of her long life, and died only a week before her 90th birthday.
Dora was born in 1927 at Land Farm on Smallway, one of the well known Richards family, and sixth in a family of 10 children.
She went to school locally and her first job was receptionist for Dr. Dyson in Yatton.
At a dance in Locking R. A. F camp, she met a Scottish airman, Jock, and they married in St. Andrew’s church in 1949.
When they moved to Lyneham, they already had their first child Charles, and in 195l Jeannette was born, followed by Linda in 1954.
Leaving the R.A.F., Dora’s husband joined P.J. Hares in Wrington as an engineer, which meant that the family could come to Congresbury, and move into Southlands.
When the new houses were built in Wrington Lane in 1967, they purchased one on the corner of Wrington Mead, and Dora lived there until eight years ago, when poor health meant she had to move to a residential home.
In the early 1960’s, Dora started work as a picker at the Langford Mushroom Farm, working her way up the ladder to become the Harvest Manager, overseeing over 100 employees. She reluctantly retired at the age of 60, which was a Government ruling at that time.
By then she and her husband were working a double allotment, and, when he died in 1998, she continued to garden there. Surplus fruit and vegetables were set out for sale on a table outside their home.
The couple were involved in the Congresbury Gymkhana Benevolent Fund, as Jock was treasurer, and the money was distributed at Christmas to pensioners in the village. After the fund was terminated, Dora continued to send the family round at Christmas delivering baskets of fruit.
Flower decorating was one of her loves and she decorated one of the church windows for many years, and made table decorations with fresh and dried flowers. She was also a skilled needlewoman.
Dora leaves a son, two daughters, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
The funeral will take place in St. Andrew’s church, Congresbury, on Wednesday, November 29 at 12 noon.