Appeal to come to Daisy’s funeral

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A CARE home in Harlow has sent out an appeal for people who may have known 104-year old Daisy Staines to attend her funeral.

Daisy, who lived at St Michaels Close in The Dashes, died at the grand age of 104 but has no family or friends to attend her funeral.

After developing dementia, Daisywas taken into the care if Ashlyns care home, near The Stow on September 28, 2010.

The 104-year-old, who was the oldest resident at Ashlyns, was a keen ballroom dancer in her youth and her carers said she had a passion for dance and music.

Activity co-ordinator, Alison Armstrong, said: “When she came to us, she had dementia. She had a brother called Fred who would come and visit her regularly but we think he has since passed away.

“Daisy was a very keen dancer, she just to enjoy talking about dancing with her late husband and looking at old photos of them both.

“She was such a character, she had a great sense of humour and she was also telling us stories about the war years.”

Daisy, who was born in Tottenham, London, in 1913, married in 1939 when she was 25 years old. Her husband died in 1980.

Alison continued: “She had her favourite people and only let people in who she trusted and liked but she loved other people’s company.

“Her main fashion statement was wigs and she used to put them on and dance around her room.

“She loved anything floral and green, and she loved cats and animals. Whenever we had therapy dogs in, her face would just light up.”

Daisy had three brothers, Joe and George. Her brother Fred, who also lived in Harlow, died last year at 103 years old.

And so the care home has made an appeal for mourners who knew Daisy to attend her funeral.

“If anybody knows Daisy please come along to the funeral, I would hate for anyone to miss it,

“It is just going to be us carers because we don’t know whether she has any more family.

“For someone who has lived that long, just to have people at her funeral would be lovely.

“She was a real character and she will be sorely missed by everyone here.”

Daisy will leave Ashlyns at 10.15am and her funeral will be held on May 18 at the crematorium in Parndon Wood Road at 10.45am.

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