Obituary: Dorothy Mabel Dimbleby


The funeral service for Dorothy Mabel Dimbleby, aged 89 years of Bishop Norton, was held at the parish church.

The Rev Enid Knowles officiated at the service and arrangements were by J Marshall of Market Rasen.

Dorothy Mabel was born at Waddingham Cliff in 1924, the only child of Mabel and Albert Lingard.

When Dorothy was three, they moved to the house at Snitterby crossroads, which was to be the family home for the next 41 years, and she began a friendship with Joan Clarke and Edith Barnard, which lasted their lifetimes.

Dorothy attended the village school until she was eight, when it closed and all the pupils were transferred to waddingham, where there was only one teacher for all ages.

She attended Sunday School twice each Sunday and followed this by being in the Methodist Church all her life, having spells as organist at Snitterby and Bishop Norton.

Leaving Waddingham School, Dorothy went on to Brigg High School, biking from Snitterby to Waddingham to catch the school bus.

War broke out while she was there and very often the children spent time in the air raid shelters, which had been built on the playing field.

At this time, two girl evacuees from Leeds came to live at the family home; even after they went home they still returned for holidays and one still visits.

At about this time, her attention was taken by a young man - Claude Dimbleby - who she went on to marry in 1950.

They moved into a new bungalow built by him, which was to be her home for the rest of her life.

They enjoyed 58 years together, until his death in 2009.

After school days, she lived with her aunt and then grandmother in Woodhall Spa while working at Walters Estate Agents office in Horncastle.

Once married, she gradually took over all the administrative duties to support Claude in his building business, until his retirement in 1987.

Her only child, John, was born in 1955, with grandson Paul arriving in 1982 and Dave in 1988.

From the late 1970s and on into the 90s, many European holidays were enjoyed with Claude and long-standing friends.

Dorothy loved looking after her grandsons and gave her absolute support to all they did and they would always be fed with delicious homemade delights.

Until two years ago, her health was good enough to allow her to carry out gardening duties.

Since then, it declined, but with the love and care of Carolyn and the family, together with the support of local district nurses, she managed to stay at home where she belonged and where she so wished to be.

Family mourners and close friends at the service were: John Dimbleby (son); Carolyn Dimbleby (daughter-in-law); Paul Dimbleby and Claire North (grandson and fiancée); Dave Dimbleby and Sarah Clayton (grandson and girlfriend); William Milton (cousin); Gwyneth and Brian Hunter (cousin and husband); half cousins and close friends - Ann and Howard Turnbull (also rep Miss E Smithson), Michael and Lesley Sargeant, David Sargeant, Carol and David Hird, Brian and Judy Milton, Christina Duerden, Colin Everett, Graham and Dawn Everett, David Butler, Adam Butler, Emma and Charlie Butler, David and Chris Lee.

Other friends in church: Jenny Major; Neil and Shirley Anderson; Joyce Cook; Mr B Page; Mr and Mrs T Faulkner; Mr Gowshall; Mr and Mrs Almond; Mr and Mrs Hallam; Ross and Eric Dalton; Terrance Grey; Ann Phillips; Mr and Mrs D Cook; Les Hanson (also rep the Hanson family); Mr and Mrs G Patterson; Mr and Mrs J Keedy; Mr and Mrs B Picksley; Molly Tector; Mr and Mrs T R Cottingham; Neil Flear (also rep Phil and Ann Jackson); Gill Precious (also rep Mr Precious); Mr and Mrs D Smith; Joyce Goodacre; David Turnbull; Mrs K Brien; Les Camm; Peter Richardson; Ann Ford (also rep Angie Alport); Clive and Christina Green; Mr and Mrs Ardron; Mr and Mrs Barbour; Mr and Mrs D Marshall; Margaret Pike; Kath Brookes; Mr and Mrs P Davison; Jean Smith; Mrs V Bowles; Mr D Page; Mrs I Page; A Faulkner; Mr and Mrs M Stephenson (also rep Mark Stephenson, David Stephenson); Mrs S Graves; David Overton; Beryl Hewitt (also rep K Cook); Trevor Hewitt (also rep Mrs D Hewitt); Mr K Hedison (also rep Mr and Mrs D Hudson); George Dickinson; Pat Cook (alos rep Neil Cook); Ian Allen; Mr and Mrs Allen Cook (also rep Richard Cook); Brian Moore; Miss J Norwood; Pat Wattam; Mrs A Drury; Roy Bell (also rep Mrs D M Bell, Mrs S J Bell); John Richardson; John and Ann Dickinson (also rep St Peter’s Church); Ted Fowler; Godfrey and Angela Jewitt; Gordon and Christine Chapman; Jean Waite; Sinon Gill (also rep Mrs Gill); Helen Wendt (also rep Terry Wendt); Graham Briggs (also rep Margaret); Anton Lagzdins.