Farewell to a legend… Bessie Gladys Driscoll (nee Cook).

Bessie Driscoll, who passed away peacefully last month. Bessie had lived in the village since the mid-1930’s; she will be missed by many. There are tributes to her from her daughter, Mary and the editors of this magazine. This happy photograph, with Viv Standfield, another lovely lady whose heart was so much in tune with the village, was taken at the WI’s 90th birthday party in 2008.

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All great things must come to an end and dear and lovely Bessie is finally at rest. Bessie passed away on Tuesday 14th January at the incredible age of 99 years and 5 months. A mere 30 weeks away from her 100th birthday. By the time you read this her funeral will have taken place on Monday 27th January at All Saints Church Houghton where she was reunited in the same grave with her husband Fred Driscoll who died on 5th January 1973 when Bessie was not yet 59.
Many thanks to Bessie’s daughter Mary Underwood for providing us with this chronology and summing up of her character.
“Bessie, my Mum, was born on 11th August 1914 at Brook near King’s Somborne.
Her mother died when she was about 2 years old and she then went to live with her grandparents in King’s Somborne. Bessie married Fred in 1934 at Longstock Church and moved to Houghton about 1936 living at Wayside Cottages. She was about 22 years old at this time. She was a Member of the Mothers Union and the WI.

Many who knew her remember her for her willingness to help anyone if she could. Throughout her life, I never heard her complain about anyone or anything. Mum was always a good listener to anyone who needed a quiet and understanding ear. She would give advice but only if asked to do so and she was never judgmental of a single soul. Her Grandson, Gordon, when small, would ask ‘anything in your bag Nan?’ nearly always received a bar of chocolate.

Gordon’s children, her great grandchildren, were loved very much by her.”
Bessie’s Great Grandchildren are Ashley (21), Sherilee (14) and Ronnie (12)
Mary Underwood