Tributes have been paid to a well-known pub landlady in the Moorlands. Dorothy Ada Goldstraw, passed away peacefully on June 10 at her home in Alton, aged 85 years.
Tributes have been paid to a well-known pub landlady in the Moorlands.
Dorothy Ada Goldstraw, passed away peacefully on June 10 at her home in Alton, aged 85 years.
Formerly of Leek and past landlady of The White Hart, Alton; Dorothy (known as Dot) was the dearly loved and loving wife of Derek, much loved mum of Carol and the late Brian, dear mum-in-law of Graham, cherished nan of Darren, Gemma and Sarah and Nanny Dot to Ernie.
Dot, whose maiden name was Davenport, was born on October 31, 1935 in Longsdon, near Leek.
One of six children, Dot went to Longsdon Primary School and then Endon Secondary School, before leaving school at 15 to work on the family farm of Summer Hill.
Dot met Derek at Co-Op Dancehall in Leek, and the couple married soon after at St Edward’s Church in Leek on March 31, 1956.
After giving birth to first child Brian in 1958, they both joined Derek out in Germany where he was posted in the Royal Military Police.
Returning back to England in 1960, the family moved around the Staffordshire area due to Derek’s Police work and in 1961 their daughter Carol was born.
In 1968 Derek finished his Police work in Alton and the family moved to Leek where they spent many years traveling to different countries due to Derek’s new job.
In 1982 they moved back to Alton and became publicans of The White Hart, High Street, Alton, making many friends and happy memories leaving their mark on the village.
After retiring in 1997 the couple spent their summers staying at The Star Caravan Park in Cotton, and the winter months at their home in Costa Blanca, Spain.
In 2002 the couple decided to move out to live in Spain full time before returning to be with family in 2015 in time to celebrate Dot’s 80th birthday that October.
Alton was where she spent the last five years of her life; and in March of this year Dorothy and her husband Derek celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
The family have paid tribute to Dot, they said: “Dot was a wonderful wife, mum, nan, and great nan spending her 85 years loved by many family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”
Dot’s funeral arrangements are being organised by S. Sigley & Sons of Leek (01538 382048).
No flowers please by request, donations if desired to Cancer Research UK.
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