Tribute to Dot Penney

Dot Penney Local people have given tributes to a much-loved Knowle West resident with a zest for life who has died at the age of nearly 95.

Dot Penney lived off the Wells Road and worked at a local tailors and a wallpaper and paint shop until she retired. Her first husband ran a stables and she used to ride around the fields of Knowle West before the estate was built.

She moved to Knowle West around 34 years ago and met her second husband Bob Penney in 2003 through her other love – dancing.

Bob, who was 24 years younger than Dot recalls: “I met her at the Eastville Social Club… I asked her to dance one night and we got on so well. When I got home I thought,‘that’s it, we’ve got to get married.’ ”

They were married three months later when Dot was a spritely 85 and had ten happy years together. Dot also starred in one of the University of Local Knowledge (ULK) films about getting married as an octogenarian.

Bob recalls of his former wife: “Dancing kept her fit and healthy, she was game for anything.”

Her friend Marie Jones says: “She was a lovely caring person, always worrying about people and not herself. She was always well turned out with her hair and jewellery.”

Dot also leaves a son, Roger in his 60s and several grandchildren.