A funeral service was held at All Saints’ Church, Driffield on Friday, 3 January for Mrs Betty Mason (formerly of Southfield Close, Driffield) who died peacefully in Mallard Court Nursing Home, Bridlington. She was 90.
The service was conducted by the Rev Stuart Grant and the organist was Mr Martin Salter.
Betty was born in Speeton in 1923. Her parents were Tom and Margaret Jackson. She had two siblings John and Mary. She attended school in Speeton with her siblings and they all walked the long distance there.
After leaving school she joined the ATS, the Auxiliary Territorial Service, which was the women’s branch of the British Army during the Second World War. She met her husband to be, Richard (Dick) Mason whilst in the ATS and they married on April 8, 1944 in Flamborough. They went on to have three children, the eldest Valerie has sadly passed on, then Ned and Angela.
Dick and Betty moved around a lot as Dick was a farmworker and they usually lived in accommodation tied to the farm. The moves were from Flamborough to Ruston Parva, to Spellowgate in Driffield, to Brigham, Wansford and Skerne before they finally settled in Driffield. They spent a lot of time living in Skerne during which time Betty worked in the kitchen at the Trout Inn in Wansford.
Betty was a great cook, Dick was a keen gardener so he grew the food and Betty cooked it.
She was very family orientated and loved spending time with them especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
They moved from Skerne to Driffield in the early 1980’s, they celebrated their ruby wedding in Driffield but sadly Dick passed away on September 1, 1986. Betty’s final home in Driffield was a bungalow on Southfield Close.
Following Dick’s death, Betty had many and varied interests. She was a member of the Mother’s Union, she was a big fan of Daniel O’Donnell and she loved going to church. She loved a night out and a celebration with her family
Betty led a healthy and independent life until she had a stroke in September 2010. She moved to Mallard Court in Bridlington where they gave her an extra three years of her life.
Betty was kind and caring and she will be greatly missed.
Chief mourners: Ned Mason (son), Angela & Derek Knaggs (daughter & son in law), Jane & Paul Leason (granddaughter & husband), Julie Elvidge & Craig Ellis (granddaughter & partner), Michael & Cathy Saltmer (grandson & wife), Jonathan Saltmer & Fiona Hirst (grandson & partner), Mark Mason (grandson), Robert & Karen Mason (grandson & wife), Simon Mason (grandson), Hollie Duffin & Ben Williams (great granddaughter & partner), Georgie Duffin (great granddaughter), Michaela & Gavin Kemp (great granddaughter & husband), Scott Middlewood (great grandson), Jessica Saltmer & Aaron Shields (great granddaughter & partner), Roxanne Saltmer & Gosia Saltmer (great granddaughter & civil partner), Ryan Hirst, Johnny Hirst (great grandsons), Lyndsey Hirst, Daisy Saltmer, Lucy Saltmer, Shannon Mason (great granddaughters), Owen Mason (great grandson).
Others present: Gillian Hay, Jaqui Brooks, Gemma Elvidge, Ron Turner rep Audrey, Doreen & Gordon Evans, Josie Cuthbert & Tim Fuller (niece & partner), Richard & Pat Ireland rep the families, Steven Duffin rep Anne Duffin, Sue Ward, Mr & Mrs Alan Suggitt rep Emma & Sam Campbell, Jackie Clark & Keeley Morritt rep Mallard Court Nursing Home, Sheila Hara rep John & Daphne Elliott, Melvyn & Ann Knaggs rep Catherine, David &Maureen Midgley rep Mrs Betty Madeley, Christopher Leggett, June Cheetham, Beryl Leason, Andrew Pratt rep Patricia Stott, Lyn Lyons, Mrs Joy Currie, David Sowersby, Jennifer Baker, Poppy Baker, Jackie Armstrong, Becky Armstrong, Peter Bentley, Mr K Hyde, Sarah Kirk, Leanne Adams, Beverley Eccles, Hilary Robson rep the family, Wendy Fenton, Irene Bradley.