Dorothy Squires (b.1987): Home and Family Part 2

Sadly, Dorothy was to lose her daughter Joan. Joan had a brain haemorrhage and did not regain consciousness. This left Dorothy understandable heartbroken. She says, “only a mother understands and think it wrong, they should go before their mother. She was only 62 and I am 86 and would have gladly given my life, to save her” (139). Dora led a healthy life and passed away peacefully at Worthing Hospital on 20 January 2013, aged 93 years old. Although saddened by Joan’s passing Dora had many more happy years and lived to the age of 96.

Like most families, Dorothy’s family were willing to make sacrifices. There are various times that the family were willing to give up a lot, to benefit the other family members. Her unnamed Husband, who she affectionately calls “Hubby”, makes her leave her job 63 years old although she says “I was 63 then, but I could have gone on much longer” (59) . She says “I realised later why he wanted me at home all the time, as he said lets have all the time we can together, he must have been feeling ill at times with his tumour and wouldn’t say.” (59-60). Her husband lived for four years after Dorothy gave up work, allowing for many holidays and time together. Dorothy’s eldest daughter Dora gives up college to be able to secure the family a “three-bedroom house […] [on] unity estate, they were very well built by Cook and Son, from Hoddesdon” (50). After seeking a loan at the Co-op for the house the secretary of the Co-op guild “said he was looking forward to [her] 2 daughters to go and work for the society” (52), when she “told him one was at college […] he was rather disappointed” (52). Dorothy told Dora of the predicament and Dora said, “she wouldn’t mind” (52). Which in the end worked out well for Dora, as she had secure employment for fifteen years.

After Dorothy was married both her and her husband “had enough for a second hand home” (29). Due to Dorothy’s, very humble start in life and growing up in a two-bedroom house with eight other family members she thought she was “lucky enough to hear of a house if [they] would look after an elderly gentleman” (28). However, Dorothy goes on to say that “The bedroom, was small and there wasn’t all that room between the bed and the fireplace, so we had to take care” (33). She also states “The elderly gentleman we were supposed to keep an eye on, was very peculiar” (33) as “we ordered a Daily Paper and very often he had taken it in and used it to light his fire” (34). She also says that things went missing such as “a crepe-de-chine blouse” (34) her husband’s shirt. After a couple of months, the house was badly flooded. The flooding of the house, although devastating, came at a convenient time as her Aunt’s “neighbour was moving and the landlord gave her permission to hand over the keys, to anyone, who would buy their pure-bred chickens and different fittings in the house […] It was only a two bedroom terrace house, but it was lovely to get a dry house.” (36). Their two daughters were raised in the house until the eldest daughter had turned 15, and they bought their own house on Unity Estate in Enfield. After Dorothy’s husband had passed she had the house valued and signed over to Dora and gave half the value of it to her younger daughter Joan. Dora had lots of work done to the house, including having “an extension built and lots of improvements so was able to get more money on it.” (79) Her daughter Dora then bought the final home, I believe, Dorothy was to live in. “We wanted to buy a bungalow but there were not any built near here then, so as this house was a show house and was the same money as my Daughter got for ours, I chose it, and so far we have spent nearly 9 years here by October 1976” (79-80). This was Kitchhurst Crescent in Worthing.

Dorothy’s final home

Though Dorothy Details all of the houses that she has lived in, there is no emotion in the way she describes them. Dorothy’s emotion is conveyed in the way she describes her Husband, her daughters and their children.





2:735 SQUIRES, Dorothy, Untitled, MS, pp.142 (c.18,000 words). Brunel University Library


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