Mrs T E Thomas


THERESA Elizabeth (Betty) Thomas (Nee James) of Priory Avenue, Haverfordwest, passed away peacefully on June 9 2017 at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen, aged 87, after a short stay.

Betty was a native of Haverfordwest, she was the youngest daughter of the late Albert and Mabel James, Hermon’s Hill, Haverfordwest.

Betty attended school in the town and was a former pupil of Taskers School for Girls in Tower Hill.

Betty left school at 14 and worked in Haverfordwest and Milford Haven post offices until just after the end of the war.

After leaving the post office she worked at South Wales Electricity Board and this was where she met her husband, Charlie Thomas.

They married in 1956 and set up home in Priory Avenue and they raised six children.

Betty was a hardworking housewife and mother and she was well known in the local community, she was a parishioner of St Thomas’ Church.

When Betty had any spare time she enjoyed shopping in the town, often seen in the local charity shops, she also very much enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and watching the TV soaps.

Betty was pre-deceased by her husband Charlie in 2010 after 54 years of marriage, she remained at the family home until 2014 but after suffering a stroke she moved to Williamston Nursing Home, Houghton.

Betty was also pre-deceased by her three older sisters Nora, Megan and Clita.

The funeral service was held at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth.

It was officiated by Reverend Father Harri Williams.

The family left to mourn are Helen and Philip Squelch (daughter and son-in-law); David and Shirley, Colin and Helen, Alan and Josephine, Nicholas and Susan, Gary and Heather Thomas (sons and daughters-in-law); Sarah-Jane, Rickie, Kirsty, Sophie, Hannah, Lee, Simon, Lucy, Martyn, Peter, Gareth, Rhys, Dylan, Elliot, Joni, Joshua, Elisha and Kirsty (grandchildren); Bethan, Sami, Cerys, Alfie, Ella, Jack, Harvey, Sebastien and Taylor (great-grandchildren).

There were also left to mourn many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours too numerous to mention individually.

The bearers were Lee and Simon Squelch, Rickie, Martyn, Peter and Gareth Thomas (grandsons).

Betty will be sadly missed by all as she was the last of her generation in her family.

The funeral was carried out by Roy Folland and Sons, Haverfordwest.

Mr J W Hicks


MR Jonathan Wyn Hicks (Jon) of Bentlass, Hundleton passed away on February 22 at Wiythbush Hospital.

He was 46.

Originally from Cardiff, he worked at Greens Motors, ran the Bush Inn, Robeston Wathen, he then worked for Sinclair Garages where he worked for 21 years and was held in high regard.

His main interests were VW, camping and carvanning, visiting new places, holidays abroad, family and friends, good wine, gardening and garden tools including his strimmer, leaf blower and chainsaw!. Also DIY and watching rally on TV.

The family left to mourn are Jane Hicks (wife); Joshua Hicks and Megan Hicks (son and daughter); Jessica Watkins, Emily Watkins (step-daughters); Coco (family dog); Barbara and Bryan Hicks (parents); Sue and Jim Moss (parents-in-law); Carolyn and Simon Poulter (sister and brother-in-law); James and Thomas (nephews); Jamie and Lisa Moss (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); James and Emma (nephew and niece); Jonathan Moss and Francis Cummins (brother-in-law and partner); Jack Moss (nephew).

The service was held on March 16.

A private family service was held at St Jeffrey and St Oswald Church, Jeffreyston followed by cremation at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth.

It was officiated by Father Paul Davies and the bearers were Jon Wright, Martin Wilcox, Rikki Schroeder, Lee Huckly, Shaun Kettle, Richard Rees, Richard Jones, Josh Hicks, Anthony Lewis and Jamie Callen.

Donations for the British Heart Foundation and The Stroke Association c/o E C Thomas and Sons, Funeral Directors, Zoar Chapel Funeral Home, Llanteg, Narberth SA67 8QH, who also carried out the funeral arrangements.

Mrs M E C Oughton

Milford Haven

MRS Marie Ethel Clara Oughton passed away on March 5 at the age of 81.

She was born in Hakin, Milford Haven and lived in Milford Haven throughout her life.

She was brought up in Prioryville by her parents Edward and May Gibbs, along with her sisters Daphne and Diana.

She moved to her home in Robert Street shortly after marrying her husband Walford Oughton in 1959.

Marie lived in her home in Roberts Street for over 48 years until she passed away.

After leaving school, Marie worked in The Wine Shop in Charles Street, Milford Haven until she got married.

She returned to work part-time in the late 1960’s, first at the Empire Cinema, then as a cleaner in schools, shops and offices in Milford Haven.

Marie’s main interest was always her family, she had many other interests.

She was an avid knitter throughout her life. Marie was a fan of musical theatre and would go to shows regularly until she became less mobile.

She also enjoyed an occasional game of bingo and liked watching snooker and horse racing on television.

Marie was predeceased by her husband Walford in 2007 and her son Ian in 2016.

The family left to mourn are Diana Griffiths (sister); Jayne Oughton and Ieuan Cato (daughter and partner); Paul and Wendy Oughton (son and daughter-in-law); Judith and Stephen Beavis (daughter and son-in-law); Jillian and Stephen Foster (daughter and son-in-law); twelve grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and nephews and nieces.

The service was held at Parc Gwyn Crematorium and it was officiated by Father Harri Williams.

The bearers were Gareth Oughton, James Evans, Leigh Oughton, Rhys Beavis and Joshua Oughton (grandsons).

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Tom Newing and Son Ltd, of Milford Haven.

Mrs M M Ebsworth


MRS Margaret Maureen Ebsworth of Highfield Park, Narberth passed away on February 15 at Withybush Hospital.

She was 90.

Originally from Marros, Pendine she worked on the family farm at Marros, before attending Swansea College where she completed her teacher training course as the PE Teacher at Pembroke Grammar School between 1952 and 1961, then she worked at the Kilgetty Arms between 1955 and 1967, and finally worked at Pentlepoir School from 1968 until her retirement in 1987.

Maureen guided many of her pupils towards adulthood and gave them every encouragement and opportunity to make the best of ones ability.

Her main interests were all sports including hockey, she captained Whitland, Grammar and Carmarthenshire School, and also played for Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire, netball, football, tennis etc, needlework, reading, local history (being a member of Llanteg History Society) travel to New Zealand, Australia, via Canada and Europe, her family, and she also had a keen interest in developing general knowledge.

She was predeceased by her husband Ronald Ebsworth in 1967.

The family left to mourn and principal mourners are Trudy (daughter); Wayne (son); John (son-in-law); Ann (daughter-in-law); Nia, Llyr, Wyn and Aron (grandchildren).

The funeral service was held at St Margaret’s Church Eglwys Gymyn, followed by interment at St Lawrence Church, Marros, on March 2.

Due to the difficult weather conditions, the family acknowledge that not everyone could attend the funeral services.

It was officiated by Rev Huw George and the bearers were Nia, Llyr, Wyn and Aron (grandchildren); John (son-in-law); Andrew (nephew).

Donations in lieu of flowers for the First Responder, Narberth c/o E C Thomas and Son, Funeral Directors, Zoar Chapel Funeral Home, Llanteg, Narberth SA67 8QH, who also carried out the funeral arrangements.

Mrs V R S Allen


MRS Valeria Rosaline Suby Allen (known as Suby) passed away at her home in Croeso Road, Pembroke on February 28.

She was 72.

Originally from Carmarthen she worked in the ‘skate’ factory in Ferry Lane and then became and full time mother and housewife.

She married in 1965 and set up home in Monkton and then moved to Upper Lamphey in 1979.

Her interests included encouraging her four sons who played for Pembroke RFC.

She took an active role in the ladies committee making many lifelong friends.

Suby liked to travel and in later life she spent six years in Asia and around the UK.

The family left to mourn and principal mourners are Andy (husband); Nigel and Zena, Craig and Ceri, Sandy and Vanessa, Roy and Julia (sons and daughters-in-law); Margaret, Dawn, Violet, Gloria and Stanley (sisters and brother); Tony and Madelina (brother and sister-in-law); Jordan, Joshua, Jamie, Caitlyn, Alfie, Luke and Hollie (grandchildren) and all her nephews and nieces from Pembroke and Rotherham.

The funeral service was held at Parc Gwyn Crematorium on March 14 and it was officiated by Rev Peter Owen Jones.

The bearers were Nigel, Craig, Sandy and Roy (sons).

Donations for Macmillan Cancer Support are c/o E C Thomas and Sons, Funeral Director, Zoar Chapel Funeral Home, Llanteg, Narberth SA67 8QH, who also carried out the funeral arrangements.

Mr B G Francis

Little Newscastle

BERIAN Gwyn Francis passed away on February 27 at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen.

Gwyn was born and brought up in Little Newcastle where he spent his entire life.

He enjoyed gardening and fishing.

He was one of the six children of the late Austin and Mair Francis.

Predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law Gledhill and Margaret the family left to mourn are Erith and Mair (brother and sister-in-law); Joyce and Cledwyn, Bronwen and Brian (sisters and brothers-in-law); Jean (sister); Colin (brother-in-law); nephews and nieces, great nephews and great nieces, plus cousins and many friends.

The funeral was held on March 10 at St Peters Church, Little Newcastle.

It was officiated by the Reverend Richard Davies.

A tribute to Gwyn was read by Rhian Homer.

The bearers were Kevin and Dyfrig Francis, Dylan and Adrian Vaughan (all nephews).

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Paul Jenkins and Sons, of Fishguard.

Mr I J Thornton

Pembroke Dock

MR Ian John Thornton of Devonshire Road, Pembroke Dock passed away at Withybush Hospital on February 18.

He was 75.

Originally from Halifax, Yorkshire, Ian joined the Scots Guards in 1961 then re badged to the Life Guards, completing 26 years.

He worked with Range safety in Kirkcudbright, Scotland for nine years.

On his return, he worked for Jenkins and Davies in Pembroke Dock until his retirement.

His main interests were history, travel, sport, fishing and his family.

The family left to mourn and principal mourners are Sylvia Thornton (wife); Sara, Simone and Sharon (daughters); Margaret and Pauline, Peter and David (sisters and brothers-in-law), and their families in Yorkshire. Sandro, Sherrydan, Steffano, Shawnee, Silvio Mungo, Chelsie, Paige and Kye Williams, Ella and Alfie Thornton and Safraz Hussain.

The funeral service was held on March 15 at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth and it was officiated by Rev Hugh Michael.

The bearers were Silvo Mungo, Steffano Mungo, Peter Williams, Kye Williams, Pat Jones and Les Wilson.

Donations for the ICU, Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest c/o E C Thomas and Son, Funeral Directors, Zoar Chapel Funeral Home, Llanteg, Narberth SA67 8QH, who also carried out the funeral arrangements.