Tributes paid to one of the oldest women in Norfolk, who has died aged 107

Dorothy Carver, who has died at the age of 107. Dorothy Carver, who has died at the age of 107.

Monday, December 30, 2013
6:30 AM

Tributes have been paid to one of Norfolk’s oldest residents who has died at the age of 107.

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Dorothy Carver, née Beck, was born on May 26, 1906 and was alive when the Titanic sank, at the start of the first world war and during the reign of Edward VII.

She was born in Egmere, between Fakenham and Wells, and lived there for 96 years.

She died at Scarborough House, Wells, where she spent her final years, on December 17.

Mrs Carver’s niece and goddaughter Stella Richardson said: “She will be remembered for her sense of humour and friendly nature.

“She lived a very simple life but she was always happy.”

Mrs Carver was born at 15 Egmere Cottages to parents Jane and Alfred Beck.

She was the youngest of seven children, with brothers Bob, Billy, Charlie and Fred and sisters Mabel and Bessie.

She used to walk two miles to and from school in Walsingham.

Mrs Carver worked at Church House, Walsingham as a cook to Canon Blake Humphries.

She married Fred Carver on December 16, 1933, they set up home at 18 Egmere Cottages and she became a housewife.

They enjoyed gardening and eating the fresh vegetables that Mr Carver grew in their garden.

Mr Carver died in 1990, aged 90. They had no children.

Mrs Richardson believes the simple lifestyle helped Mrs Carver to live so long.

She said: “I don’t think she went to hospital until a couple of months before she died and she told us that she’d never had the flu.

“We believe she must have been one of the oldest people living in Norfolk and Britain.”

Mrs Richardson said her aunt was well cared for at Scarborough House and she read the EDP daily and the Fakenham and Wells Times weekly.

She said: “She enjoyed outings and family get-togethers and she always gave people a warm welcome.

“About eight out of the 10 cottages at Egmere were lived in by her aunts and uncles so there was a real family community there, which she loved.”

Mrs Carver’s funeral was at Walsingham Methodist Chapel on Christmas Eve.

Mrs Richardson said: “The funeral was packed and that shows how well thought of Aunt Dot was.”

Mrs Carver leaves behind three nieces: Mrs Richardson, Ivy Andrews, Elsie Todd and Pam Pawley and two nephews: Reggie Beck and Gordon Beck.

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