Seaside wartime duties brought couple together
Mabel Grace Dodson, also known as Babs, was brought up in Kent but moved to Bristol. She has died, aged 89.
She leaves a son and daughter, Sue and Derek, grandchildren Nicola, Nathan, Julie, Becci and Tim, and great-grandchildren Tyra, Tejay, Mollie and William.
She met he husband Wesley while they were both serving in the Armed Forces and based in Weymouth. Mabel was in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) while Wesley was a sergeant in the Army. They were married in Weymouth and lived for a short while in Mabel's home town, Strood in Kent, before moving to Bristol. They first lived in Bedminster but later moved to Whitchurch, where they lived for nearly 50 years.
Wesley, who had an office job at Newmans in Yate, which made electrical motors, died 30 years ago from cancer.
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Mabel worked as a cleaner in a doctor's surgery, at the Robertsons' jam factory in Bristol, as a shop assistant in Barnabys toy shop, Broadmead, and in the accounts department at Redimix which had an office in the centre.
She also worked for Keens bakery on the Wells Road in Totterdown and after she retired, she worked for three days a week on the cheese stall in St Nicholas Market.
Perhaps she will be best remembered for working as a shop assistant for ten years in the St Peter's Hopsice charity shop in Broad Walk, Knowle.
Her daughter, Sue Mills said: "She loved bingo until her eyes failed, shopping, going to the legion, the film club, loved family time, just loved being out and about, even when it was a struggle.
"She was a very kind, jolly friendly lady, had many friends over the years. She was a wonderful mum, grandma and great grandmother and will sadly be missed by all."
She died peacefully in the Bristol Royal Infirmary on September 18.