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Mrs. Dorothy Hurn, teacher of Maths in the 1960s and 70s, mother of Daisy Hurn (1953-1960) and Dorothy Hurn (1954-1961) passed away in October 2011.

Dorothy was born in 1914 to Albert John and Evelyn Pitman, who lived in Margam, now part of Port Talbot. Her father worked on the railways, in his spare time he was a bell ringer and enjoyed composing peals. His logical mind was inherited by at least three of his children.

At grammar school the teachers realised that Dorothy excelled at mathematics and in 1933 she was awarded a State Scholarship and went to Aberystwyth University. She enjoyed life at there and met George Hurn, a fellow mathematician, rugby player and bridge enthusiast. After graduating, George and Dorothy stayed in touch and were married in 1941.

Daughters Daisy and Dorothy were born in 1942 and 1943, George now working at the Gloster Aircraft Company .

In the early 1950s George moved to another aeronautical company, Boulton Paul in Wolverhampton. Daisy and Dorothy went to Wolverhampton High School for Girls and their mother decided to take up her teaching career again. Dorothy later joined the teaching staff at Wolverhampton High School and spent some 14/15 years there.

George subsequently joined her as a member of the teaching staff. In the late 60s their Gloucestershire friends inherited a cottage near Painswick so Dorothy and George took the opportunity to move back to the Cotswolds and finished their working life teaching in local schools in Stroud and Gloucester.

After George's death in 1984, she still retained her adventurous spirit and in her early 70s went with Betty Kuphal and Marjory Close on a visit to Malawi, which included a wild-life safari. Dorothy and George had joined the Cheltenham Bridge Club after moving back to Gloucestershire and bridge was to provide ongoing pleasure and an active social life right up to the age of 89.

Even with help it was difficult for Dorothy to maintain her cottage and garden and so she moved into Painswick where she stayed for almost 14 years, only moving to a flat in Portishead so that her daughters could more easily look after her. She soon joined a local bridge group who appreciated her playing skills.

Various health problems meant that she then moved to Abbots Leigh Manor in 2004 where she settled in and was cared for until she died on her 97th birthday.

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