Friday, 24 September 2021

Devoted wife and mother, golfer and charity worker

FORMER Henley resident Mavis Hancock died on February 5, aged 86.

FORMER Henley resident Mavis Hancock died on February 5, aged 86.

Mavis was born in Basingstoke on April 7, 1928 but moved to Henley with her family in 1939, when she was 11. She lived in Queen Street and attended Henley Grammar School, representing the school at tennis and hockey.

On leaving school, Mavis worked at the borough surveyor?s office in Henley, later taking up the position of administrative officer?s deputy at Townlands Hospital during the time of its transfer from the workhouse to a hospital under the National Health Service.

In 1948 Mavis met Peter Hancock and they were married on January 6, 1951 at St Mary?s Church in Henley and lived in New Street for several happy years before building a house together in Berkshire Road.

During these years, Mavis was very supportive of Peter who, in partnership with his half-brother Don, built their successful business together, General Decorating Supplies. They had several shops in Henley, GDS in Bell Street, GDS in King?s Road car park and Home Centre and Home Building Supplies, Market Place, later developing a wholesale business operating from Reading.

In 1957 Peter and Mavis? first child Stephen was born, followed by their daughter Susan in 1959.

The family moved to Russells Water, then for the last 47 years Mavis lived happily with Peter at Emmer Green.

Mavis was a devoted mother to Stephen and Susan and later the family was made complete when Stephen married Tricia and had Joshua and Amy, Mavis?s much-loved grand- children.

Golf became an important part of Mavis? life and she was a member of Henley Golf Club for almost 50 years.

On moving to Emmer Green, Mavis joined Reading Golf Club where she took an active role, becoming secretary of the ladies? section and in 1979 captain of the ladies? section. She enjoyed competing and had many successes, including in 1984 reaching the semi-finals of the Johnnie Walker national mixed foursomes competition. She also won the Reading Mercury with Derek Craik, the former professional at Henley Golf Club.

She was treasurer of the WRVS Golfing Society for 15 years and treasurer of the Berkshire Captains? Ladies? Veterans Golfing Association for 15 years.

Mavis was a member of Phyllis Court Club for more than 30 years and a founder member of the Phyllis Court Golf Society, becoming captain in 1988.

She was also a member of Henley Inner Wheel for more than 50 years and an active member of the WRVS who served on the trolley shop at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Mavis was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She was a great character and will be sadly missed, not only by her family but by everyone who knew her.

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