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Betsy Jane Williams was born 25 October 1903 Apps Court in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom to Fred Williams (1883-1966) and Charlotte Pimm (1887-1966) and died 20 October 1976 43 Fountains Close Hanworth, Greater London, England, United Kingdom of pneumonia and metastatic pancreatic cancer. She married George Thomas Whittle (1902-1992) 2 January 1924 in Chertsey Register Office, Chertsey, Surrey, England, United Kingdom.



Children



Offspring of Betsy Jane Williams and George Thomas Whittle (1902-1992)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Phyllis Edith May Williams (1923-2007) 14 May 1923 Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 3 May 2007 Chertsey, Surrey, England, United Kingdom Bertie George Tallent (1922-2006)
Iris Christine Whittle (1924-2014) 6 August 1924 Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 10 October 2014 Dereham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom John Douglas Garner (1918-1998)
Doris Joan Catherine Whittle (1926-1999) 17 June 1926 Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 27 April 1999 King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom Victor Howard Boddy (1922-1968)
Betty Grace Whittle (1928-2009) 29 April 1928 Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 16 November 2009 Ford Place Nursing Home, Thetford, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom Geoffrey Ernest Hince (1925-1994) Geoffrey Ernest Hince (1925-1994) Charles Patrick Power (1921-2007)
George Thomas Frederick Williams Whittle (1930-1930) January 1930 Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 20 March 1930 Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Lionel Ernest Whittle (1932-2015) 26 January 1932 Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 12 June 2015 Sam Beare Hospice, Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom Valerie Yvonne Hurr (1933-2006) Valerie Yvonne Hurr (1933-2006) Jean Florence Ada Parsons (1927-2017)
Jack Charles Leslie George Whittle (1934-2006) 17 April 1934 Woodham, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 11 August 2006 Ferndown, Dorset, England, United Kingdom Monica Huxley (1936) Monica Huxley (1936) Daphne D. Whittle (c1937)
Shirley Beatrice Whittle (1936) 1936 Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom Derek Edward Rowles (1935-2014)
Christina Josephine Whittle (1941-1992) 12 February 1941 133 First Avenue, West Molesey, Molesey, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 27 December 1992 West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom John Malcolm Allerton (1938)



Offspring of Betsy Jane Williams and Patrick McGoldrick (1913-1978)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Nadine Ann Whittle (1938) 1938 Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom Patrick George Smith (1932)









Residences

Biography

Cafe in Radnor Gardens

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In 1941, after years of abuse, Betsy Jane left her husband and, taking her children, walked from West Molesey to Twickenham. Her aunt had advised her that there was a suitable house available for her there.

Betsy Jane settled in Twickenham, where she lived for many years in Garfield Road and raised her children as a single mother. Her husband was ordered to pay child support, although he was unreliable in making payments.

Betsy Jane ran a series of cafés throughout south west London, including for many years the café in Radnor Gardens. The full address was The Cafe, Radnor Gardens, Cross Deep, Twickenham TW1 4QG.

Betsy Jane also worked as a chef, being the head chef at Richmond Police Station and briefly a chef in a bed and breakfast in Richmond. She also baked and made toffee apples to sell to local children.

Betsy Jane enjoyed board games and darts, winning trophies in local darts competitions. She had corgis and pet canaries. She especially loved pomegranates.

On 31 March 1959, Betsy Jane's six-year-old neighbour Paul Michael Lewis was found strangled at the grounds of York House in Twickenham, having been assaulted. Betsy Jane gave a statement to the media that evening, saying that Paul was "the kind of boy who would talk to and make friends with anybody."[1]

In the 1960s, Betsy Jane retired and moved to Fountains Close in Hanworth, where she was finally able to achieve her goal of cultivating a cottage garden.

Betsy Jane was a strong lifelong supporter of the Labour Party. When she could no longer drive, local party members drove her to and from the voting booth on election days.

Weakened by heart failure and osteoporosis, Betsy Jane was frail by the time she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the mid-1970s. The cancer metastasised, and Betsy Jane was cared for at home where she died on 20 October 1976 aged 72.

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References

  1. ^ Birmingham Daily Post, 1 April 1959.


 






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