Waddington adventurer Mary led happy life

Mary Hayton. (s)
Mary Hayton. (s)

A Waddington lady who led a long, happy and eventful life has died aged 93.

Mary Hayton was born in Clitheroe in 1921. Her mother died when she was just 12 and she was brought up by her aunties, before joining the ATS and serving as an auto-electrician during the Second World War.

Shortly after the war ended, Mary met Bob Hayton at a dance in Clitheroe and they went on to marry in 1947. Soon after they were wed, Bob was offered a job as a gamekeeper at Coulthurst Hall, Waddington. Mary took on the role of cook and housekeeper, though she struggled to boil an egg. When her future employer inquired as to whether she could make porridge, she said yes as she knew Bob would be able to manage.

Daughters Rosemary and Dorothy soon joined the family, growing up at Coulthurst. Both Bob and Mary were active members of the Royal British Legion – Bob became president of the Waddington branch and Mary was elected his successor after his death in 1992.

Always an adventurous lady, Mary embarked on a round the world trip aged 73, concluding with a visit to her family in Australia. During the trip, she tried her hand at white water rafting and also took a helicopter ride.

After moving from Coulthurst in 1992, Mary spent many happy years as a resident at the Alms Houses, Waddington. She is survived by her daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren.