‘Amazing’ Landkey woman passes away aged 103

PUBLISHED: 12:37 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:07 13 February 2018

Doris Thompson from Landkey has died aged 103.

Doris Thompson from Landkey has died aged 103.


Tributes have been paid to one of Landkey’s oldest ever residents and an ‘amazing woman’.

Doris Alice Thompson passed away at home on Tuesday, January 30 aged 103.

She lived with her son John, daughter-in-law Lisa and their son Liam and stayed active her entire life.

Lisa said many people in the area would know Doris because she had kept up such and active life. She said: “She joined the Liberal Club in Barnstaple because she absolutely loved bingo and she made a tremendous amount of friends there.

“She was very much loved because she was like a grandma to everybody.”

Her funeral will be at North Devon Crematorium on Monday, February 19 at 3pm, with all welcome. Donations will be taken for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Doris did all her own shopping right up until the final months of her life and was well known in the town centre. When she turned 100 the staff at M and S Barnstaple and Tesco Rose Lane both gave her presents.

Doris was born at Kentish Town in London and was the daughter of a barber. She followed the family trade, opening her own hair salon in Kilburn.

Her father served in World War One, looking after the horses that pulled the guns and she recalled when he returned home he was so dirty that she didn’t recognise him and burst into tears.

She married three times but did not retire until she was 73, to look after her last husband Tom.

They loved holidays and went on several around the world cruises together.

She moved in with her only son John and his family and when Tom passed away the whole family moved down to North Devon.

Lisa said: “I just thought there should be some mark of her life, because she was such an excellent person.

“She was very close to us, despite there being a huge age gap.

“She liked to keep her brain active by doing jigsaw puzzles and she liked a little glass of white wine every day.

“She always believed in keeping going, no matter what, she had that wartime spirit.”

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