Tribute to one of town’s oldest residents, aged 104

Paul Byles with pictures of his mother

Paul Byles with pictures of his mother

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The son of one of Wellingborough’s oldest residents, who died just weeks before her 105th birthday, has paid tribute to his mother.

Doris May Byles, of Kingsway in Wellingborough, has been described as a social person who enjoyed going to clubs.

She died on March 13 after a short illness.

Her son, Paul Byles, 79, said: “She had her own mind, and until December she was still cooking. She had a lot of friends and she liked going to her social groups.”

Mrs Byles was born Doris May Baker in Kent in 1908. She was the youngest of seven children. In the 1920s, she moved to Irthlingborough with relatives. She worked as a gold embosser at Chapman’s box factory.

She met and married Sidney in 1933. They had homes in Silver Street and St Barnabas Street before moving to the newly-built Kingsway estate in 1936.

During her career she also worked as a domestic cleaner and she sold wool in the Post Office in Berrymoor Road.

Mrs Byles had five children, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

After the death of her husband in 1989, she continued to live in the family home in Kingsway with her son Paul.