Tributes for former hospital helper, 104

Dorothy Goss, from Kettering, pictured one day short of her 100th birthday in 2009. She has died at the age of 104
Dorothy Goss, from Kettering, pictured one day short of her 100th birthday in 2009. She has died at the age of 104

A son has paid tribute to his 104-year-old mother, who died last week.

Dorothy Goss, who used to work for the Post Office and volunteered at Kettering General Hospital, lived in the town for almost 75 years.

The great-grandmother of seven also served in the Salvation Army’s thrift shop and was heavily involved with St Andrew’s Church and the Mothers’ Union.

Her son Michael said: “The thing that was most important both to her and to others was the friends she made.

“She was a people person. She was very, very interested in other people.”

Michael, who moved to Canada, said that during the Second World War, his mother had been told off during an air raid because she was more interested in window shopping than with getting to a shelter.

On another occasion, she was unsure she had correctly interpreted the all-clear signal, and so remained in the larder all day until her husband got home.

Michael added: “She spent her 99th birthday in Canada – she was incredibly resilient and active.”

“I have had a number of messages in the last few days from people saying how much they will miss her, because they got talking to her and made friends very quickly – they came under her spell.

“She hadn’t lost her appetite for life right up until the end.”

A memorial service was due to take place at midday today (January 23) at St Andrew’s Church in Rockingham Road.