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Doris May Russell, born 13 April 1924

 Always known as Dot, she attended schools in Wellington and Tiverton.

After leaving school she worked in a sweet shop and then an aircraft factory,

during WWII.          

She met Hughie, who was to become her husband one night on their way into the dance, where Dot went every week. He spoke to her on the way in saying ‘Save the first dance for me?’ Once inside Dot asked, ‘”Are you the one who asked me to dance?’

Dot always said she knew she would marry him, and it happened in 1943 when Dot was just nineteen at Nynehead Church. They had two children, Richard and Jane. Sadly, Richard died in 2017, something from which Dot never recovered. She had grandchildren Christian and Liam and great grandchildren, Lewis, Harris, Devon, Sienna and Mia.

All of whom she loved dearly.

In 1984 the family moved to Barkers Farm in Bawdrip. They offered bed and breakfast for BIBIC and Sedgemoor District Council employees, through which they met lots of lovely people. Hughie died in 1991.

A story about Dot’s life wouldn’t be complete without mentioning her love of animals, especially the horses from Tango to Jasper. They were a huge part of her life, and she rode well into her seventies if not later.

Dot loved telling stories about her life and listening to other people’s stories and their woes. She was happy to give advice without judgement.  Her sense of humour didn’t wane, and she enjoyed a joke, often saying what she thought was refreshing. Most of all she loved her family and their animals.

Family and friends celebrated Dot’s life on 13 March with a gathering at Bawdrip Parish Hall, enjoying homemade sandwiches and cakes and reminiscing about times spent with Dot.  She leaves a big hole in their Hearts, especially Jane’s her daughter.

Article courtesy of the Polden Post April 2024