ENID Dales, who has died aged 99 after a fall in her home in Brompton, near Northallerton, was known across a wide range of organisations for her energetic pursuit of voluntary work.
For a number of years she set up clothes depots, recruiting volunteers and arranged for unwanted clothes to be available to the needy for the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS), now the Royal Voluntary Service.
She helped numerous other charities while in the Inner Wheel Club of Leeds, especially when serving as president.
Additionally, she used her energy and experience to work alongside her husband Bob Dales when he took office in charities and other voluntary bodies.
He, too, is 99, and in October the couple celebrated their 75nd wedding anniversary.
Mrs Dales was born in Hull. Her father, Arthur Scholey, the first branch manager of the General Accident insurance company, survived dangerous voluntary work during the heavy wartime bombing.
After education at the Convent School and Newlands High School, she joined the staff of Thornton-Varley department store where she became a buyer, leaving when she married Mr Dales in 1938.
They moved house often, usually on account of his career; their first home was in Northallerton, and shortly after his return from wartime service in the RAF, they had several years in Grimsby and Cuxwold, then moving to Leeds where their eventual home was Bramhope Hall. They were its last occupiers. It was demolished and replaced by a hotel.
They had two homes in Harrogate before moving to Brompton to be closer to their elder daughter Lynda who took over the Post Office and village store. Their son Richard became director of the Valuation Agency and their other daughter, Jacqueline, bought a business in Masham following her husband’s retirement. Mrs Dales took over and successfully ran a ladies’ clothing business.
She was a woman of strong character, but could be affectionate while firm.
In later years, plagued by arthritis and other painful conditions, she was a stoic, never giving in, even when very old age robbed her of mobility and most of her sight.
This last was a blow, as she loved to read – books always having been more important to her than the television or radio.
In her last year she could not understand why care for the elderly was not always part of the NHS, and she feared it would be a long time before a government realised that the rapidly-increasing number of old people required a re-thinking of priorities.
Mrs Dales is survived by her husband, their children Lynda, Richard and Jaqueline, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.