born in 1884 in Greenwich, London, the daughter of Caroline and William Grange.
She was one of nine children.
One of her
sisters was Polly who married a Ken Steer and lived in Tushmore Lane, Crawley.
Bruce was lodged here when Kath had Lionel and he remembers as a child painting
her photographic collection. Ken was wheelchair bound at the time and later
died. Much later when Bruce worked in Crawley he lodged with her occasionally as
a teenager in her house at The Twitten. Caroline's sister Emily married and had
Nellie and Bettie, living in Cliftonville and Palm Bay, Margate. Caroline's
brother Bill married Edie and had Joan and a son. Bill was diabetic as was
Caroline. Caroline's brother Frank moved to Westwood Lane, Welling. Caroline's
sister Nellie married Herbert Charles Lacey and had a family. Another sister Florrie E
married Harry Girdon and had four children: Violet, Edie, Mary and Aurthur.
Caroline's sister Beattie married a Mr Parnell and went to Australia. Finally
her brother Arthur of Welling married Ciss.
brought up in the south London area and by 1901 was working as a domestic
servant in Lewisham where she lived with her parents.
later in April 1906 she married William I Steer, a bricklayer, in Catford. He
was 25 and she was 22 and three months pregnant. The couple resided at numerous
addresses in the Croydon area until eventually settling at 10 Ashling Road,
Addiscombe in 1937. During this time they had six children as can be seen below. One of her favourite expressions was "over Will's mothers". It referred to the location of distant events, usually a thunderstorm that could be heard afar. Will was presumably a reference to her husband.
One of the
great highlights of the year for the entire family and subsequent offspring of
the children was Christmas at Ashling Road. Festooned with fairy lights and
talking snowmen, Xmas Trees and presents, the house became a three day
celebration of family togetherness and fun.
in September 1959, was cremated and had an inscribed stone at Mitcham Road
Cemetery, Croydon, now relocated at Tower House.
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