Nancy, 102, dies

PUBLISHED: 02:01 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH'S grand old campaigner, Nancy Scott, who was instrumental in setting up the Doyle Centre, has died in a nursing home, aged 102. One of Exmouth's oldest residents, she died in her sleep at Resthaven residential home in Gussiford Lane, after she con

EXMOUTH'S grand old campaigner, Nancy Scott, who was instrumental in setting up the Doyle Centre, has died in a nursing home, aged 102.One of Exmouth's oldest residents, she died in her sleep at Resthaven residential home in Gussiford Lane, after she contracted pneumonia.She was a well-known staunch supporter and lifelong member of Mencap, the charity for people with learning disabilities.Mrs Scott moved into Resthaven 18 months ago. She had retired from London to Hartley Road, Exmouth, over 40 years ago with her late husband, George.In London, she had been known on the stage scene as an entertainments manager and was well-acquainted with some of the biggest stars of the day, including Tommy Cooper, Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques.One of her greatest passions was gardening. Her daughter, Jenny Ackland, said: "She at last had somewhere to tend and nurture plants in a proper garden. "Having spent her marriage in a flat in London, the lack of a proper garden was a frustration - so much so that she found an adjacent flat roof and persuaded the owners to let her turn it in to a garden."She managed to fill this space with tubs and boxes and an abundance of flowers." Sadly, just a year after settling in Exmouth, George died.But not one to give up, she launched herself into supporting Mencap in finding a place to provide facilities for people with learning disabilities.One of her daughters had severe difficulties and eventually The Doyle Centre was built.Nancy was overjoyed when her oldest daughter, Heather, returned from South Africa with three children - Heather taught English at Exmouth Community College for many years until her untimely death.Nancy was a member for over 40 years of Bicton Gardens, where she revelled in the year-round colourful displays.Jenny said: "All those who met her thought her a remarkable lady. She had great pride in her appearance. "She was always busy with some project or another, including starting a bridge club, crocheting beautiful clothes for her grandchildren, letter writing - a lost art in her opinion - swimming and flower arranging, gardening, gardening and more gardening!"She had a tremendous amount of determination and was walking down to the shops everyday until quite recently"Resthaven manager Julie Fletcher said: "When I first met Nancy, she gave me tea and cakes. She was a lovely, real lady."She was interested in everybody and everything. She even did her own research before she came to live here to see if was suitable.

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