Tributes have been paid for a great-grandmother who ‘always joined in on the fun’ following her death this week.

Doreen Pascoe passed away on Thursday, November 23 at Poldhu Nursing Home aged 95.

Falmouth Packet: Doreen, aged 17.Doreen, aged 17. (Image: Pearl Vidler)

Born and raised in Mabe in 1927, Doreen had two sisters Lorna and Avril, and one brother Mervin John.

At 17 she met her future husband, Ronald Pascoe. Ronald was in the army and was deployed to Berlin during the war.

When he returned from service Doreen and Ronald married and went on to welcome their sons, Derek, Keith, Brian, Michael, Garth, John, David, and their only daughter Pearl.

They celebrated their 25-silver wedding anniversary before Ronald’s death in 1975.

When Ronald died, Doreen focused on looking after their children who were still living at home.

“She was a very strong lady, and she worked so hard bringing up five children when dad died.

Falmouth Packet: Doreen with two of her children, David and PearlDoreen with two of her children, David and Pearl (Image: Pearl Vidler)

“She worked day and night keeping the house clean and cooking meals for us,” said her children in a collective tribute.

Doreen worked as a cook at St Michael’s School for two years, and then at Nansloe School for 19 years.

When she retired, Doreen babysat for friends and family and cleaned farmers’ houses and caravans with her daughter Pearl.

Doreen was most known for her charity work for the Royal British Legion. She spent 30 years collecting for the charity, and for her fundraising efforts she received a Merit from the Poppy Appeal.

Falmouth Packet: Doreen loved spending time with her familyDoreen loved spending time with her family (Image: Pearl Vidler)

She also raised money for a variety of charities, including Guide Dogs for the Blind and RNLI Lifeboats.

Unfortunately, in 2013 Doreen suffered a stroke which left her with mobility and communication issues. However, this did not prevent Doreen from keeping her spirits up.

A fan of music, Doreen used to sing along to songs with her family and carers at the care home.

In her final years, Doreen enjoyed visits from her eight children, 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and her friends.

Doreen’s children have paid tribute to their mother, saying: “We will miss mum terribly.

“She always joined in on the fun, with a smile on her face.

“She was a hard-working woman, and we are so proud of her.”

Pearl added: “I will miss putting the Christmas tree up for her this year; I will miss Christmas without her.”

Doreen’s funeral will be held at St Michael’s Church, Helston next Tuesday, December 6 at 12pm followed by interment at Helston Cemetery and then refreshments at Helston Football Club, Clodgey Lane from 2.30pm onwards.

Doreen’s family has asked for donations to The Royal British Legion. 

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