Dorothy Hay- known as Dot to most of you here today was born in 1918 an only girl after her parents had had 5 boys.
Perhaps influenced by them she became a keen football supporter- following the ups and downs of Charlton Athletic
She loved music. She played the piano and was a very good singer occasionally singing in one of her brother’s bands.
On leaving school she trained as a hairdresser and went on to have own business. She always dressed smartly and was well turned out!
Dot had two daughters: Yvonne and Robina. Yvonne married Terry and had two children- Nicola and Robin and Robin married and had Daniel and Naomi. But her family didn’t stop there! Nicola went on to have four children of own and so gave her Grandmother 4 great grand children, the little ones calling her ‘Antique Doggy Nana- and ‘Antique’ because of her great age and the ‘Doggy’, you can probably guess! Because apart from her family the things which gave her a lifetime of interest and happiness were her dogs
Dot loved her Pomeranian and Chihuahua dogs. She made up six HAYSHOLM Champions; she judged both at Crufts and Internationally. She was President of the South of England Pomeranian Club and many of you are probably from that part of the world
When you consider the world Dot was born into it is quite extraordinary what a life she made for herself. Born in 1918, at the end of the First World War and about the time of the last Flu Pandemic, she was very ahead of her time in independence and drive. After all, when she was a girl cars and aeroplanes were in their infancy. She may have listened to some of the first broadcast on a crystal radio set, have seen the RO1 airship passing over London, seen Crystal Palace as it burned to the ground, survived the Blitz and seen men walking on the moon
Her faith was important to her- her Grandfather was a churchwarden and she was brought up to believe- the hymns we are singing today would have been very well known to her as would the reading from the bible.
The truth was very important to her; you always knew where you were with her and dog-owners respected the fact she judged the dogs and not them. She was very straightforward.
During the war she worked in a munitions factory and learnt to drive. Later she took her HGV license so that she could drive blind children to a school in Kent and through this, she was able to drive fireman to town for their exams, I suspect that being brought up with so many brothers encouraged her to think outside the usual girly things.
Dot was a woman who made life long friends- whether through her interests or work, with neighbours- wherever she came into contact with people. Her family especially want to thank Steve, Jan and their family for being amazing neighbours to her for many years
Dot was a remarkable woman and packed a massive amount into her 90 years.
She will be greatly missed by family and friends both near and far.