Book of Memories of


Mary Illing

Giver of great hugs

“It’ll never get better if you keep picking at it”
“It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick”
“Give that a stir for me – Not like that!”
“Come and keep me company while I do this”
“I can’t sing – except for that one song – You’re going to miss me when I’m gone”
“Ooh I’d love a coffee”
“I’m not as green as I am cabbage-looking”
“Don’t tell your father”
“We will have Sunday Night Soup”
“I’ve been running around like an ooslum bird”
“I do love your dad, he’s a good sort. He brings me a cup of tea every morning”
“I don’t wear green – it makes me look like a farmer’s wife”
“If my mother’d seen that she’d have rapped your knuckles with a wooden spoon, or the back of a knife if you were really unlucky”
“You’ve got to get the piece of paper!”
“Guy, Ruth, Dicky, Peter, oooh, Ethel!”
“Whose turn is it to fill the pepper? Is it Ethel or Mr Nobody?”
“My Dad was the kindest man; he would have loved you so very much”
“I don’t feel fully dressed without my perfume”
“You make a better door than a window!”
“We must mix my mincemeat with a jar of shop-bought for the moisture before we make the mumpy-pumpies this year”
“You’ve just been slugged!”
“Send them my love”

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Book Owner: Ruth Illing Palmer
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Liz Marsden

Cousin Mary, was more like an Aunty to me. She was always incredibly welcoming, whenever we came to visit, whipping up tasty food in her warm, full kitchen. I remember being impressed with a table full of sweet treats, that she and Ruth had made for Christmas and being delighted at being sent home …

Joe King

The great and wonderful Mrs I was like a second mum to me, and I’m sure so many of my friends feel the same way. Always very welcoming, provided you mucked in and helped with whatever was needed, and quick to offer a cigarette so you never had to smoke your own. I remember …

Paul James

An incredible lady with a wicked sense of humour. Incredibly generous and open Mary kindly hosted me and many others in her home over the years on many a fun day and evening. Stylish and witty, I’d never seen a Mum playing computer games before. She was funny and relentlessly motivating. I’ll fondly remember …

Marie Bentall

Thank you for accepting us as part of your extended family, it meant a lot – Marie, Paul and Kian Bentall xxx …

Tom Nichols

Dear Aunty Mary, We mourn your passing with great sorrow. It’s only as an adult having listened to the life-stories of others that I understand what you, our parents and our other Aunts and Uncles did for us in bringing our generation of cousins together to make a rich family who care about each …

Matt Nichols

Auntie Mary  I’m sorry I was an ungrateful boy who turned his nose up at your offer of chocolate cake – I would pay good money for the chance of a slice of that now. I will always remember your wry but warm personality, delicious food (especially diabetic recipes!) your sense of fun and …