Ex-Doncaster resident dies at 106

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A former Bentley woman has died at the age of 106.

Mary Mason, one of 13 children born to a County Durham mining family, went into domestic service after leaving school and, by the age of 15, was working as a housemaid in Bowes, sending most of her money home.

She married a miner, Edgar Sains, also one of 13 children, from the neighbouring village of Coundon and the search for work took them to Doncaster, where they spent most of their lives.

For many years, they lived in Bentley, first at Elm Crescent and then at The Homestead. Their only child, Audrey, died in middle age.

Mary and Edgar were married for almost 50 years until his death in the 1970s. She married again, to Albert Mason, but he died a few years later and she lived independently until the age of 96, when she moved to Derbyshire to be near her family.

She leaves grandchildren Peter, Diane and Robert, great-grandchildren Daniel Joe, Emma and Paul and great-great-grandchildren Jacob and Harry.

Peter said: “”She was a remarkable woman, full of spirit to the end.””