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Mary Isobel Croft

June 10, 1924 - February 11, 2021

My Mom passed away on Thursday peacefully. She has gone to join my Dad, Pat, her husband of 22 years, her parents and her beloved brother Stan and sisters Ruby and Marjorie. She spent the last year or so in the most wonderful nursing home, surrounded by staff who always expressed how much they loved her and now, how much they are going to miss her. My Mom was a talented seamstress, an avid knitter and a strong person, with a special personality. She could make you laugh when you least expected it. She grew up in Whitley Bay, Northumberland. She married my Dad in 1948 and served in the British Armed Services from 1942-1950. I was born in 1953 while my parents were in Singapore. My brother was born in 1956 in York. After my Dad died in 1970 she single handedly packed us up and moved us to London. She did this without much help from her kids. In London, she worked as a manager of a hotel gift shop for several years. As we both grew older and away from her, my Mom packed herself up and moved to Chesapeake, Virginia in 2002. She got herself a home and lived there until 2019, when after several illnesses and hospital stays she went to Waterside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Norfolk, VA. By this time she was suffering from dementia but seemed happy there. She was warm, safe and well cared for as well as loved by staff and residents. She talked to me many times by telephone and we tried FaceTime a few times. She didn’t really ‘get’ the FaceTime, but because of covid it was the best we could do. She still recognized me when I called, up until mid January, for which I am grateful. I promised to take her home, so she will be cremated and I will take her home to England and scatter her ashes in the Garden of Remembrance West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, where I believe my father is, but because of Covid-19 this will not happen for a while. My Mom leaves behind my Brother Terry, his wife Karie and their children Jack and Rachel, (residing in in the UK.) and my husband Richard Arndt and I, Cheryl Arndt of Clinton, CT. In lieu of flowers, we ask you to consider a donation to a charity of your choice in her memory.

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