Beatrice Emily Hill / Beatrice Emily Newcombe

This is my grand mother on my father’s side of the family.

Beatrice Emily Newcombe (aka Betty) was born on 13th February 1924 in Cardiff, Wales. Her parents were Florence Sainsbury and John Goss Newcombe.  She was the youngest of 11 confirmed children (rumour that there was 13 children however not confirmed).

She married Ivor Frank Hill on 21st April 1945 and they had 7 children.

My dad can recall as a child numerous beach trips.  Betty would make a picnic and when word got around  every kid in the street would come with them.

I was lucky to have known her.  I used to call her nanny with the dogs, as she loved animals and always had dogs.  She also had cats and a cockatiel.

I do recall her bringing a tortoise to our house one day, as the tortoise was just wandering around the streets.  No one claimed him, therefore we kept the tortoise and named him Toby.

Betty lost most of her eye sight during her older years, I do recall her looking from the side of her eye to look at me.  The last dog she had was Ica, which was an Alsatian which was her trusted guide dog (not trained), he never left her side.

Her husband Ivor Frank Hill passed away in 1998 from Broncopneumonia and lung cancer.

Unfortunately, Betty was diagnosed with pancreas cancer in July 2004.  She was given 2 -4 weeks to live however, she lived for 12 weeks. Her wishes were to pass away in her home, therefore she was watched by her sons, daughters, son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws and the Macmillan Nurses came in to make sure everything was okay. She passed away at her home address in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.

She was cremated and her ashes were scattered with her dog’s ashes who died shortly after and was cremated.

Next week I will be looking at her husband (my grandfather) Ivor Frank Hill.

That’s it for now.




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