Added by: Keith Cleary
Date added: 8 Oct 2011
Alma was born in Gateshead, County Durham, on 19th May 1934, the youngest of eight children. Her mother died when she was aged seven, raised by her father, Alma grew up with six brothers and a sister.
On leaving school she worked at several jobs, as well as helping her sister look after their family. Not finding any employment that appealed to her, she decided to follow the family military life as had most of her family, and on 15th March 1952 she joined the Womens Royal Army Corps. Following basic training at Aldershot, she was posted to Guildford to train as a cook. She had finally found her vocation, and followed this occupation for the rest of her working life. Along the way she sat and passed her City and Guilds in cooking, gaining distinctions in all subjects. Alma spent most of her working life caring for the elderly, cooking and caring in nursing homes.
On completion of her trade training she was posted to Catterick Camp working in the kitchen at 3 Training Regiment, Royal Corps of Signals. In December of 1953 she met Bill, and they married in July of 1954. They were to spend 55 wonderful years together. In 1962 Bill left the Royal Signals after 11 years service, and they settled in Rotherham. They Have 2 sons, Kevin, and Fred, and daughter Joanne.
Sadly, in 2004 Alma was diagnosed with severe Altzeimers, and Dementia with Lewy bodies, and needed 24 hour care. Alma was eventually moved into a nursing home, where she lived until her death on the 29th August 2008. Alma was attended daily by Bill and daughter Joanne, and visited regularly by her sons and their families.
Alma was one of the original meeting members at the forming of the Rotherham Branch of the Royal Signals Association, she took an active part in all parades, social evenings, and was amongst the members who worked on gate security at the Bakewell Show.
This true lady is sadly missed by her loving husband sons, daughter, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren, and all her many friends in the Royal Signals Association.