THE family of a much-loved postmistress who died on Saturday have paid tribute to her.
Doreen Costall (59), the postmistress at Doddington, died in the intensive care unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital on Saturday evening, where she had been for two weeks with complications following a recent operation.
Doreen’s son Andrew spoke warmly of his mum, calling her the “focal point” of the village.
He said: “We have come to appreciate how much she touched people’s hearts. We have had so many cards of sympathy.
“We opened on Sunday as a mark of respect to her and the amount of people we had in was amazing. It hits home when you have people you don’t even know break down in tears.”
Andrew said they were shocked by the number of people from places such as Benwick and March, who came to pay their respects to Doreen, as well as other businesses in the village.
Andrew praised the staff at Hinchingbrooke and said: “For the effort they put in to keep her with us, we can’t thank them enough.”
He said members of staff broke down when Doreen died and had called them to pass on their sympathies. The family are planning to take presents to the hospital to say thank you.
Doreen ran the post office and shop with husband Brian for almost 28 years. They had three sons – Matthew (33), Andrew (31) and Adam (29) – who all still live in Doddington. Doreen also leaves two grandchildren, Kian (8) and Ethan (11), twin sister Maureen, sister Julie and brother Bob.
The funeral details have yet to be arranged, but the family would like to extend an invitation to anyone who knew Doreen.
“Everyone will be welcome. We really want to give her a good send-off. She deserves it.”
As Doreen did not like flowers, her family are asking for donations in aid of Kids in Kenya, a cause that was close to Doreen’s heart. They can be taken into the post office.