Dee was born in Brentford, London and when war broke out she was
evacuated to the countryside in her early teens and was taken in by a
very nice family in Gatehampton Road, Goring. Dee went to work on a
nearby farm, one task was to be up at 5 am. to deliver milk by horse and
cart, ladling straight into a jug from the churn. Dee often said that
being evacuated was the best thing that ever happened to her. She loved
living in the country, was always hard working and went on to pursue
her nursing career in Wallingford where she gained her qualification as a
State Enrolled Nurse.
Meeting Teddy Hornblow was a source of great joy to her and they shared
many happy years at Eureka in Bell Lane. When he became ill and
wheelchair bound she was up at the crack of dawn to do her housework so
as to be able to care for him and chauffer him on his rounds and out in
After Teddy died in 1992 Dee found great comfort in her faith and became
very involved with St. Agatha’s church, singing in the choir, ringing
the bells and especially the handbells at Christmas time when she always
rang the heaviest pair (similarly at the indoor bowls club, always
bowled with the heaviest bowls). Dee was a member of the Parochial
Church Council for many years and was always involved in fundraising
activities and ever present in serving teas at the village fete and
other events. She also, for many years, took part in the Oxford Historic
Churches Trust sponsored bicycle ride to provide funds for the trust
and for her church, again always cycling well in front and difficult to
keep up with !!
Dee also sang with the Cranford House Choir and was a member of their
committee, again first to help by serving wine etc at the concert
Dee continued with her nursing until she was 79, latterly at Sotwell Hill House often caring for people younger than herself.
Dee recently had a holiday in South Africa to visit her half brother and
his family, travelling with her other half brother and his wife, who
live in Kent. The visit brought back many happy childhood memories for
Dee will be sadly missed at all her places of involvement and by all her friends in the village and beyond.
Sue and Charles Hunt and Roy Thorpe