Obituary: Pauline Trott – Bashley WI stalwart and longstanding church member
PAULINE Trott, who was heavily involved with the WI and a longstanding member of her local church, has died aged 85.
Pauline, from New Milton, was a former president of Bashley Evening WI and a member of Bashley Forest WI.
She was a familiar face at the New Forest Show having been involved for many years with the WI tent as well as helping to organise entries for the Bashley Show competitions and bi-annual WI group exhibitions.
Pauline was also a longstanding member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Mount Avenue and regularly helped with the annual summer fetes and Christmas raffles. She was also an alto in the choir for many years.
Pauline was born in Grays in Essex on 7th April 1935 to parents Tom and Ellen Finn. The family, including her sisters, Janice and Sandra, were evacuated to Devizes during the war but later returned to Grays, where Pauline went on to take a commercial business course at secondary school.
This led to her working as a shorthand typist at the Atlantic Steam Company in London. She met her future husband Alex at the local tennis club and they were married at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church in Grays.
After a short spell living with Alex’s parents, the couple saved enough to purchase their own home. By now they were both working for the Port of London Authority at Tilbury Docks. They had three children: Lindsay, Louise and Katherine.
After the couple decided to move to New Milton in 1983, Pauline worked for a short while at Safeway and then moved to Murray’s Stationers, later becoming manager. Customers relished her helpfulness and sound advice.
Pauline was a great supporter of local drama groups and enjoyed watching plays and pantomimes.
She also enjoyed doing crosswords with Alex prior to his death 15 years ago and spending time with her six grandchildren: Adam, Alix, Erin, Hannah, Lucy and Rowan. Highlights of family holidays included swimming with dolphins in Florida and meeting the Pope in Rome.
Pauline died on 15th February at Woodlands House residential home in Woodlands near Ashurst. Her funeral was held on 26th February at Our Lady of Lourdes.