Mrs D. J. McRae

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MRS Dorothy Joan McRae, of Denton Avenue, Grantham, has died in Oakdene Care Home. She was 89.

She was born in West Ham, London, in December 1922 and was always a bright child, who loved reading, painting and creative things.

She had an older brother and younger brother and sister, whom she often cared for.

When she was around the age of 17 she was sent to Warminster in Wiltshire, along with her younger siblings and she worked at Ted’s Cafe, where she was kept busy with all the workers and soldiers who were off-duty.

She looked after her younger family members and was a mum to them, making sure they were treated properly.

Later she was sent to Wolverhampton to do war work in a munitions factory. When she became ill she returned to London, to help her parents run the family cafe in Woolwich, which was also kept busy with soldiers, workers and dockers.

During this time she met her husband-to-be, Andy, who was serving on a minesweeper, which would often dock at the LNER pier in Woolwich. They married in June 1946 and their son, John, was born in April 1947. Life carried on with Andy at sea.

In 1957 life changed for the family when Mr McRae had two motorcycle accidents and couldn’t return to sea. After recovering and rehabilitation into farming, they moved to Thetford, Norfolk, in 1959. They later moved to Grantham in 1963 to farm a smallholding in Harrowby.

Mrs McRae started work at Wolsey’s factory in Gonerby Hill Foot and when it later closed, she and several others started a co-operative, making all sorts of clothing. She was next employed at Hillary Morgan’s factory in Station Road, Grantham. By then she had moved to Denton Avenue in Grantham, where she lived until recently.

She had many good friends throughout her life with whom she kept in touch, who will miss her dearly.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Winston Vanderput.

Family mourners included: John and Margaret McRae, Katie-Emma and Johnathan Askham, Victor Abramson, Margaret and Ken Yates, Karen and Martin Perry and Mark and Faya Bramson.

Other mourners included: Anna and Ann Abramson, Andy and Sue Short, Geoff McRae, Charlie and Ruth Ambramson and children, Richard Yates, John and Rita Orchard, Barbara Angel, Winston and Tina Vanderput, Bet Jones, Arthur and Meg Full, Zillah Rhodes, Raymond Bond, Mr and Mrs Ogden, Joe Charlton, Peter and Carol Baker, Karen Adams, Nicola Beck, Pam Hall, Mr and Mrs Croft, Janet Briggs, Susan Meredith, Claire Dixon, Denise De Bank, Alan and Jean Green, Helen Riley (Oakdene), Jackie Askham, Mr and Mrs Robbie Askham.

Funeral arrangements were by Co-operative Funeral Services, Bridge End Road, Grantham.

Donations were received for the RNLI.