Sadness at the passing of Derwent Living resident Dolly

Created on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
by Kathryn Shaw

It’s with incredibly heavy hearts that we write of the passing of one of Derwent Living’s residents: the wonderful, inimitable Dolly Smith.

Dolly passed away on Sunday 11th March, aged 107, after a short battle with pneumonia.

Ex-Derby players Roy McFarland, Roger Davies and Kevin Hector present Dolly with a personalised shirt last July

Dolly was born in July 1910, in a railway cottage near Alfreton, Derbyshire, the second of four children. She lived at Beckitt Close in Derby for more than 30 years and saw in her 107th birthday there, surrounded by friends, family and neighbours.

A lifelong supporter of Derby County Football Club, Dolly was treated to a visit from three ex-players for her birthday – Roy McFarland, Roger Davies and Kevin Hector – who presented her with a personalised shirt and tickets to watch a match in one of the ground’s dedicated boxes.

Our sincerest condolences to Dolly’s family, who are in our thoughts at this time.

Dolly is survived by her son Michael Ratcliffe, four grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter. She will be missed dearly by all who had the privilege to know her.

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