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Beatrice Maud Howlett[1, 2, 3]

Female 1906 - 1997  (91 years)

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  • Name Beatrice Maud Howlett 
    Born 1 Feb 1906  Chiswick, Middlesex, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 657B417AF506454498C3487A65BA680BCEDD 
    Died 12 Nov 1997  Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, Berks Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 20 Nov 1997  Easthampstead Cemetery Bracknell, Berks, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I524  Butcher Line - Main File
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2013 

    Family Herbert Edward Harris,   b. 2 Feb 1903, Hersham Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1978, Bracknell, Berks, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1928  Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. B.S. HARRIS
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F178  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 1 Maud was the third of four girls in the Howlett family, and admits
      to having been a 'real terror' as a girl. She always felt that her
      mother was disappointed that she was not a boy, but fought her own
      corner. She was seriously ill with
      diptheria as a 4 year old child (six weeks in an isolation hospital),
      and was often sickly until at 17 she had scarlet fever (more
      isolation) which she says kept her fit fot years.

      2 She was briefly in domestic service, then apprenticed to a
      dressmaker and tailor. She became very skilled, and was consulted
      professionally into her middle years. But as quite a young woman she
      had joined the aircraft industry, sewing canvas
      for the wing and fuselage covers, and later helping with the geodetic
      construction of aircraft such as the Wellington.

      3 During the war she did cleaning jobs, served in a small electronic
      store, and generally turned her hand to almost anything, She was also
      the one in the family to whom everyone turned for support in trouble,
      and in their later years nursed
      her mother and father, acted as surrogate confidante for her dead
      sister's children, administering the estates of both her father, and
      her youngest sister.

      4 She also steered her husband back to health and subsequent
      normality after the disastrous effects of his being bombed in 1940.
      Her quiet and unassuming manner always concealed real drive and
      determination, even in the face of personal


      5 She had cancer when in her late seventies, and survived a number of
      operations and associated radiotherapy. For the last three years, she
      attended the Paul Bevan Hospice at Ascot, becoming a sort of mascot.
      It gave her a new lease of life,
      and she felt useful, able to help others because she had been through
      the problems of cancer. She was a good listener, often offering
      pertinent advice.

      6 She always had some craft on hand, dressmaking, knitting, crochet,
      embroidery, pewter work, and in later years, right up to her death,

      Probably her proudest moment was at 89 when the Queen & Duke of
      Edinburgh inspected her tapestry at the official opening of the

      7 Fastidious in person, neatly dressed, and energetic to the last,
      she lived independently, doing her own housework and laundry, with
      little support from us, until a few weeks before her death.

      8 Her most quoted motto when I was young was ‘The Lord helps those
      who help themselves’ and it seems to have carried her through her
      later years. In the last two decades she was often lonely, and, I
      suspect frequently frightened of the future,
      but she managed to keep a positive attitude, and made many new friends
      in Bracknell.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Imported GEDCOM file.

    2. [S2] Imported GEDCOM file.

    3. [S1] Imported GEDCOM file.