Obituary – Geraldton Guardian Newspaper
Northampton identity dies
One of Northampton’s best love residents from the district’s pioneering family died recently. Dulcie Patricia Cripps, or “Patsie” as she was best known, died last Wednesday night, August 3.
Her husband, Charles Thomas (Charlie) Cripps, came from the family that originally pioneered the district during the late 1800s.
Dulcie was born on December 8, 1928, in Claremont, Perth, the only girl of four children.
From a young age until 1949 when she met her husband, Dulcie lived in Geraldton where her father was a clerk with the railways.
Charlie Cripps had lived in Northampton all his life and, in 1949, Dulcie joined him on “Mumby”, the family property situated 24 kilometres north of the town.
There Dulcie looked after the farm until her death, in between helping her husband with his on-going charity work in the district.
In her later years, Dulcie also became active in the Northampton Patchwork Club and Horticultural Society.
According to one of her daughters, Mrs Jenny McKay (sic), her mother was loved by everyone and never had a bad word to say about any person in return.
This was evident by the large crowd of people who attended Dulcie’s funeral in Geraldton.
As well as her husband and daughter, Mrs Cripps was survived by three sons.
Ref: [Geraldton Guardian, Wednesday 10th August 1988]
Dulcie (Patsy) is the only daughter of James Herbert and Constance Annie Caddy.