Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Rest in Peace Betty Blount nee. Lawlor

This morning I attended the requiem mass of my aunty Betty at St Joseph's and St Helen's Church in Kings Norton.

Betty was one of my mom Joan's two sisters, the other being Betty's twin Patricia (better known as Pat).

Betty was born Elizabeth Ann Lawlor in Small Heath, Birmingham on 16th January 1944. She was married to David Blount and the couple had four children, my cousins Alan, Jayne, Stuart and Linda.

Betty died on 3rd June 2011 and her funeral was today on 15th June 2011 followed by her cremation at Lodge Hill Cemetary in Weoley Castle.

Betty leaves behind David and a wonderful large family including grand children and great grandchildren. Our condolences to everyone in their sad loss of a lovely lady.

I have many great memories of Betty from my childhood in the 1960s when my mom used to take us on the number 12 or 22 bus from Harborne up to where the Blounts lived in Bartley Green. In those days it felt like travelling into the countryside as a lot of the land around Woodgate Valley was still green fields in the 60s. The Blounts lived opposite Sennely's Park, just down the road from Bartley Green Reservoir, so a trip to visit aunty Betty was always a great thrill as their road was surrounded by open space and the park even had a brook to bash with our cousines (brook bashing was a term used for leaping across a stream at increasingly widening points until someone had the misfortune of not quite making the opposite bank).

On a Saturday afternoon we'd all meet up at my grandparents' maisonette in Lee Bank, which was always a great focal point for the Lawlor clan. Our grandmother, nanny Lawlor, was a great Irish matriarch and mother of six children, so it was always a very busy place every weekend. My own siblings were around the same age as our cousins (Betty's kids) so we were all close friends. The only difference about Lee Bank was that the outdoor games of thrill and adventure we played in the lush green fields of Sennely's Park now transferred to the urban inner city housing estate of Lee Bank, just half a mile from Birmingham city centre.

When we became teenagers, my brother Denis and I went to the same secondary school as our male cousins Alan and Stuart Blount, so the friendships continued. All four of us were good atheletes, excelling in cross country running up the side of Frankley Beaches.

Betty herself was a solid wife to David, mother to her four children and later grandmother and great grandmother. You can gain more of an insight into the early lives of my mom Joan, her sisters Pat and Betty and their brothers Dennis, Brian and Kevin in my mom's memoirs which are earlier on this site.

Or click on this link to read Joan's Journey in an online book version:

Joan's Journey