Resort's oldest resident dies aged 104
PUBLISHED: 06:59 09 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:06 09 October 2015
Molly instructs mourners to 'wear something bright' at her funeral!
Molly Raison, thought to be Lyme Regis’ oldest resident, has died just five months before her 105th birthday
Born and bred in the town, she was the youngest and last surviving of eight children. Her father was Alben Wiscombe, a former mayor of Lyme Regis and joint founder of A and F Wiscombe, a local building firm.
Molly’s family home was in Broad Street and she sat her matriculation exams at the old school at Woodmead Halls in the days before the Woodroffe – formerly Lyme Regis Grammar School – became established. She was an active member of Lyme Regis Operatic Society with several stage roles to her credit.
Many will remember her from the West Dorset Shoe Shop – now Martin Diplock estate agents – a family business which she ran for more than 40 years, taking over from her mother, Annie.
After retiring in 1973 she devoted much of her spare time to the RNLI. If she wasn’t helping to run the lifeboat gift shop she was knitting or organising various fundraising events for the charity.
Molly spent her last seven years at Bymead House nursing home in Charmouth where she remained happy and active until shortly before her death. The family extend their thanks to the staff of Bymead House for the love and care they showed Molly.
Molly is survived by two children, Gaye and Nick, and by four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
The funeral service to celebrate Molly’s life will be held at East Devon Crematorium, Whimple, at 1.30pm on October 19. At Molly’s request those attending are asked to wear something ‘bright and colourful’.