Tributes to Rugby woman dedicated to others

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A woman who dedicated much of her time to helping others in Rugby has died.

Mary Bastow was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, in June 1920, and attended the Yorkshire College of Housecraft, training in domestic science.

In 1941 she started a teaching career in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, where she stayed until she married in 1955, moving to Rugby with her husband Jack.

Mary spent a huge proportion of her spare time devoted to the Girl Guides Association, initially in the Gloucester and Cheltenham areas, and after moving to Rugby she became involved with the 7th Rugby Company.

She eventually became its captain for many years, and later district commissioner for Rugby.

Her son, Stephen, said: “She was always keen on choral singing, even as a child, and was an enthusiastic member of the Rugby Philharmonic Choir since arriving here.

“My mother was an active church member at St Andrew’s Parish Church, and always sat in the same pew for morning and evening services.”

She was also involved in the Rugby branch of the Electrical Association for Women, which met monthly at the electricity board showrooms in the High Street.

Her son said she was probably one of the first housewives in Rugby to use a microwave oven in her kitchen, as Jack got her one through his job with GEC.

Mary, who enjoyed travel, gained a BA degree from the Open University around 1987.

Her funeral is at St Andrew’s Church on Thursday, November 14 at 10.30am and everyone who knew Mary is welcome.