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In loving memory of the late Dorothy Rose Ball who sadly passed away on 7th January 2015
Dorothy Rose, (Dot), was born in Peterborough on the 20th November 1936 and was the third of 5 children; Barbara, Kenneth, Dorothy, Gillian and Bernard. All of whom grew up very close to Ketton in Easton on the Hill.
In their teenage years the sisters liked to dance and regularly used to go the British Legion club in the village where Reg, who travelled from Great Yarmouth, used to play his electric organ once a month. It was during one of these dances where apparently she was very good at the samba, that Dot met her future husband Ken, who was stationed at R.A.F. Wittering. They were married in All Saints Church, Easton on the Hill on the 1st of December 1956 and a year later had a daughter, Sandra and 2 years after that a son Adrian whose early years were spent in South Witham.
Dot and Ken moved to Ketton in May 1965 when Ken began working at the cement works and that’s where they spent the rest of their married lives together.
Dot had several jobs in and around the village, over the years, and they were always associated with looking after others. These included The Wilfred Pickles School at Tixover, The Cottage and Chater Lodge. She made some lifelong friends during these years and they were a great support to her during her illness. But most importantly they had a lot of fun together too, going on shopping and bus trips and even to a Westlife concert within the last few years. Dot loved village life and spent literally hours cycling up and down to work, the shops and friends.
Ken sadly passed away in 2010 after an 8 year battle with Dementia, during which time Dot cared for him at their home with the help of carers and Adrian and Sandra. She had made a promise to him that he would spend the rest of his days surrounded by the home and family he loved. And that’s exactly what he did, dying peacefully with Dot, Adrian and Sandra beside him. Dot’s strength and determination to make this possible were incredible at times.
Dot was of course very much at the heart of her growing family. A wonderful mother to Sandra and Adrian, loving grandmother to Robert, Craig, Diane, Mitchell and Hadyn and great grandmother to Peony, Pearl, Pixie and Violet. She was also a much loved sister to Barbara and Gill and sister in law to John and Anne.
The family have been over whelmed by the kind and loving words and cards received since Dot passed away and would like to thank all those who supported her during her illness, as they know she would want them to know how much they meant to her, both old and new friends.