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Alison Jane Whitton

Alison Jane Whitton

Female 1910 - 1995  (85 years)

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  • Name Alison Jane Whitton 
    Born 29 Jan 1910  Timaru, New Zealand ref 5821 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 2 Apr 1995  19 Beverley Hill , Timaru, NZ cremated Westview 7-4-1995 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I306  My Relatives
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Father James Anderson Whitton,   b. 29 Jun 1874, Lothian Bridge, Newbattle, Scotland. Reference 695-60 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1967, Timaru Public Hospital, Timaru, New Zealand, Cremated Christchurch NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Florence Elizabeth Thomson,   b. 1878, Dunedin, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1963, Timaru, New Zealand Interred 26-8-1963 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 30 Mar 1904  Bank Street, Timaru, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F13  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Secretary for an Engineering firm. Single. address at death, 19 Beverley Hill, Timaru.
      called Ali by her cousin Jean Whitton

      Probate File 170/1995 High Court Timaru

      Information from Mrs Ireland her neighbour in October 2004

      Ali was a lovely old lady - she always had a smile on her face and a kind word - and sweets for my children if they popped over to see her. We often had chats as we met in the common driveway our homes shared.

      We moved next door to her in 1989. Her house was what we call an "ownership flat" or a "unit". Two small red brick homes share an adjourning centre wall - but they are independent homes. Each has bedrooms and a comfortable lounge and a kitchen. Ali's home was sunny and warm, and had a nice little garden. She lived there alone. Her home still looks pretty much as it did when she died, although the garden has changed a little. In the unit next door to Ali, lived her cousin, Allan McLean, and his wife Betty. Allan had died before we moved in, but Betty is still there today. She is now 80. Betty and Ali were good friends and had morning tea together every Saturday. Ali had two nieces - sisters - who I only met when they came to Timaru and organised her funeral. Neither lived locally, although one lives only about 50 miles away. I don't recall their names, but I could possibly find out if you wish.

      In 1991 I had my youngest child, and one of our two cats didn't like babies much, so "adopted" Ali. She was very kind to Spider Cat. Although he occasionally popped over to eat and to remind us he still existed, he decided that Ali could meet his need for affection. She began to feed him sometimes, also.In the months before she died, she became quite frail. She had a painful ulcer on her leg that didn't seem to heal well. That summer, she did comment that she was not looking forward to the winter. She died in early autumn. On that Sunday night, we got a phone call from her niece who rang her every Sunday night. Ali hadn't answered, and the niece was concerned. Before ringing us, she had tried to phone Betty in the unit next door to Ali, but Betty hadn't answered either. I went over to Ali's and the curtains were closed, and I could hear the TV on, but there was no answer. I found Betty, who had a key, and the two of us went in to find Ali slumped on her couch, dead. We think it was a peaceful, fast and painless death - heart attack. She had been sitting on her couch, in front of the TV, playing cards - patience (solitaire) I think. She still had two cards clutched in her hand. She had had morning tea with Betty the day before, and had been well. Although she didn't go out very much then, she'd taken her little car and gone to the supermarket that Saturday. She died that Saturday night, and we found her on Sunday.

      Among the few items she'd bought at the supermarket the day she died was cat food - she loved to care for Spider. He cried so when she was gone - he'd sit on her little porch by her front door and howl for her. We all missed her, especially Betty.
      I'll pass your inquiry on to Betty - she is blind now, and won't be able to read it, but I know she'll be interested. She may have information to pass onto you. I may be able to find out the name of at least one of Ali's nieces, if Betty can remember.
      I hope this information fills in a few gaps.


      Jillian Ireland