02:03AM, Wednesday 10 April 2013
A former nurse who lived in Maidenhead on and off for more than a century has died aged 105.
Born and bred in the town and a pupil at Boyne Hill School in Rutland Road, Dorothy Over was known by her family and friends as Peggy.
She was the oldest of five children growing up in Highway Cottage at in Highway Avenue and attending Boyne Hill School in Rutland Road.
The centenarian was well-known for her caring nature which was particularly apparent in her work, first as a nanny with a large family in the country before later becoming a seamstress.
Dorothy then moved to Watlington when she worked as a nurse.
She later returned to Highway Cottage to care for her parents in their old age.
After her retirement Dorothy, who never married nor had any children, lived with her sister Cully in a different house in Highway Avenue.
A life-long hobby of stamp collecting, of which she had an impressive collection, spurred Dorothy's love for travel and exploring new places with family and friends.
An exemplary girl guide in her youth, Peggy later becoming a guider and then a member of the Trefoil Guild, a guiding society for adults.
Dorothy was a lover of the outdoors and enjoyed looking after her horse Ginny, cycling with friends and tending to her garden.
At the age of 98 she moved to St Mark's Nursing Centre in St Mark's Road where she celebrated her 100th birthday with family and nursery staff as she showed off her telegram from the Queen.
"Peggy will be sadly missed by all her family who have very long and happy memories of her," said her niece Janet Plackett who lives in Cadmore End.
She added: "Peggy's time at St Mark's was made very comfortable by the kind staff who looked after her."
The funeral will be held at Caversham Crematorium at 3.45pm on Wednesday.
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