‘Kind, caring and loving all her life’

Win Stokes, pictured on her wedding day to husband Ivor.

Win Stokes, pictured on her wedding day to husband Ivor. - Credit: Archant

PENSIONER Win Stokes who lived her entire life in the same house in Weston has died aged 97.

She was born Winifred Ann Fowles in a downstairs room of her family’s Victorian terrace house off Devonshire Road during World War One. It was in that same room that she took her final breath.

Win had a sister, Dorothy, and three brothers, Reg, Will and Frank, and was educated at Walliscote and Locking Road schools in Weston.

At 14 she became an apprentice in the dressmaking department at BT Butter in Weston High Street (later Owen, Owen).

She remained there until the outbreak of World War Two, when she went to work at Western Airways at Weston Airfield. There she helped to build twin-engined Avro Anson aircraft. Win also served in the Civil Nursing Reserve and St John Ambulance.

After the war, she returned to work at Butter’s until in 1956 she married her fiance, Ivor, at St Paul’s Church, wearing a dress she had made herself. Sadly, he died in 1968 just eight years after the birth of their only son, Rob.

Win nursed both her parents, Annie and Charles, until they died. Her mum passed away just four months after her husband, and her father three years later.

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Son Rob said: “She genuinely did see good in everyone and everything. She was kind, caring and loving all her life.

“She was always helping people and had a wide circle of friends. People loved to visit her because she was always so pleased to see them.”

Win loved Weston, particularly the seafront and the drive towards Kewstoke through the woods.

Rob said: “She led a long and contented life and was loved by everyone who knew her.

“She was a wonderful mum, gran, auntie and friend. She gave us all an example to follow and made the world a better place.”

As well as her son, Win leaves three grandchildren, Oliver, Daniel and Madeleine.

Her funeral takes place at Weston Crematorium on Tuesday at 2.15pm. All welcome. Family flowers only but donations in Win’s memory to St John or Weston Hospital League of Friends.