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Obituary - Alice Mitchell

It was with a sad heart I learned that Alice Mitchell, widow of the late Billy and mother of Vincent, passed away on January 27, just three months short of her 100th birthday.

Billy was one of my absolute favourite terrier men when I first came to England. His trimming, presentation and devotion to Wire Fox Terriers were admired throughout the world of terriers. Meticulous in preparation he was a true professional, extremely neat and tidy. He and Alice were a close couple, highly thought of in the dog world and she must have found it very hard to cope when Billy died in 1970. But being a resourceful Lancashire lady she started to learn modern sequence dancing, something she had always wanted to do but as Billy was deaf they did not go dancing.

She became quite accomplished at this new skill and also enjoyed travelling quite a lot. At the age of 92, however, she left her home in Clitheroe to live with her only son, Vincent, and his wife Rita in Clothall, Hertfordshire. For some years she was able to come with them to the shows where Vincent was judging and meet up with old terrier friends. Alice always looked smart and well turned out. I am not the best communicator but I used to enjoy sending her postcards from various parts of the world and I often got a written response from her in return. She and Billy were immensely proud of Vincent’s great achievements both as a handler of many different breeds and as a judge.

A delightful lady, very much of the ‘old school’ with old fashioned values and principles, so rare to find these days. She will be missed.

The funeral is taking place at Clothall Church, Clothall, Near Baldock, Herts on February 16 at 3pm.

Liz Cartledge

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