|Birth: ||Apr. 3, 1908, England|
|Death: ||May 6, 1991, England|
My dearest Mum was born in a time of hardship when there was very little money and people struggled, but families and neighbours were close. She had to work very hard all her life, and became a very strong lady, always ready to help anyone in need. She was always the one that people called on in an emergency and times of trouble saying "Fetch Edna, she will know what to do."
Because of my Gran's ill health,she spent a lot of her young years looking after her baby Brother Tom, having to go to bed early with him, where she would sing to him, whilst the sun was shining, and all her friends were out playing. She never begrudged a moment of that time and they became very close and this lasted all through their lives. When he became a prisoner of the Japanese, she was the only one who believed he would return home, the bond between them was very special, he would always remain her baby brother.
When she started work her wages had to go straight into the household , and only occasionally was Gran able to give her a small coin for herself. Sometimes she would be lucky enough to be given a piece of material, or a garment and she would make herself a dress, sewing it all by hand. She loved needlework, and started off learning to be a seamtress. One day however, Gran met her from work and told her she had found her a job in a Boot and Shoe Factory which was more money, and Mum had to leave there straight away. I remember her telling me how she cried and was so upset. Despite her Manager begging my Gran to change her mind, because Mum was such a hard worker and well liked, saying that when she had finished her training she would be earning good money, she had to go and work in the factory. Her money was so relied on, and she put the needs of her family first. The one good thing that came out of this, was that she met my Dad there. Mum was very shy, and Dad used to leave a rose on her bench for some weeks before he asked her to go out with him! They were courting for eight years before they could afford to get married. Those times were truly hard, but love prevailed!
All my life I can remember her being there for me and her love saw me through many trials. As a child our house was always full of my friends, and I remember her making toffee apples and fudge and cakes for us. When our Daughter was born, she too was surrounded by her and Dad's love. We all had wonderful happy years together, until her health became worse. Despite being in dreadful pain for years, her spirit and inner strength never wavered. I remember one day I said "You have had enough Mum haven't you", and she looked happy and said "Yes, the Lord can take me now, I shall be with Him and your Dad". I know that she had kept going for our sakes. She seemed then to feel she could let go, and we lost her not long after this. She was not only my Mum, but my best friend, and I thank God for her and my Dad. She was a wonderful lady and I miss her everyday of my life, a part of me died that day with her.
She is buried in Towcester Road Cemetary, Northampton. England
Thomas Rideout (1872 - 1947)
Eunice Birdie Underwood Rideout (1879 - 1961)
Albert George John Clout (1907 - 1972)
Edna May Rideout Clout (1908 - 1991)
Thomas Rideout (1914 - 1981)*
Northampton,Towcester Road Cemetery
Created by: Susan Edwards
Record added: Oct 10, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9575397