Dorothy Stapleton

Also known as: Dot.

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Dorothy Geater was born on 3rd October 1922 in a small village in Kent, when very young she moved to Maplestead another small village in rural Essex.
She was the eldest of five daughters of my Grandparents and during school times used to take care of the little ones whilst her parents were busy on the farm.
in 1942 Dorothy joined the WAAF originally as a balloon operator but, following this trade becoming defunct remustered to MT when she became a driver covering all sorts of vehicles but mostly crew buses and ambulances. She was stationed at RAF Stradishall where they were first equipped with Sterling bombers and later Lancasters.
She was continually attached to crews which she used to take to the flight line, watch them take off and wait for them to come back. Sometimes they didn't come back or were badly shot up and the crews were injured. Obviously this created much emotional turmoil for a young girl making relationships with crews and then losing them but she persevered. She had two great friends during her service life and they kept in touch for nearly 70 years, meeting up at a WAAF reunion in 1985. She met my Dad at Stradishall as he was an emergency services member so they were thrown together during the turmoil of war. They were married in March 1945 and Dorothy was demobbed around June as she was pregnant with me, her first born. I was born in March 1946 and then my dad went off to Egypt for a three year posting. I was brought up exlusively by my mum and her younger sisters who all lent a hand. Dad returned in 1950 and my younger brother was born in 1952.
Mum continued to work until she was 78 when she finally retired and took a well earned rest.
During her retirement she went on many holidays and met many good friends, she was divorced by this time but was never short of company through her family and friends.
Dorothy had four grandchildren and three great grandchildren to keep her busy in retirement. She loved her family and we all loved her.
Dorothy lived alone in her own house of 60 years and until the last year of her life cooked for herself daily, she died peacefully with her family around her on 27th January 2013.
A very much loved, hard working and caring lady we all miss her greatly.

Added by: Chris Stapleton on 2nd May 2013.


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