Obituary for Lily Tagg


Passed away May 1, 2012 age 90 in Maidstone Hospital after a brief illness.

Lily, born in Cranbrook, Kent, on August 9, 1921, lived in Staplehurst, then Maidstone where she was working as a “clippy” bus conductor during the Second World War when she met her future husband Joe Parkes, a coal salesman.

Moving to London in 1947, she worked as a housemaid, marrying Joe in 1950. Lily later became a telephonist and supervisor with the General Post Office, a career carried to Maidstone from London’s Bayswater and Sloane Square exchanges, after she and Joe moved in 1965 to nearby Barming.

In 1978, almost 10 years after Joe’s death from tuberculosis in 1969, Lily married his cousin Rob Tagg with whom she enjoyed four years before being widowed a second time.

Throughout her career and after retirement in 1981, dear Lily created happiness and often helpfulness for colleagues, neighbours, friends and kin, including her late brother Fred Foreman of Maidstone.

She enjoyed driving in the Kent countryside, walking her dog Prince by the River Medway and dog-sitting for neighbours in Barming’s Beverley Road Estate.

Amid the deep sadness at her passing, Lily shall be ever warmly remembered by many who knew her.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 12:30pm at Vinters Park Crematorium in Maidstone followed by interment at St Margaret of Antioch, Barming parish church, at a later date.

Donations can be made by cheque in Lily’s memory to Guide Dogs for the Blind c/o Family Funeral Service, 6 Marlborough Parade, Beverley Road, Barming, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 9JN or directly to the organisation.

Family flowers only, please.

I wrote this obituary for my aunt. It was originally published in the Kent Messenger.

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