SOCIALIST Worker readers will be saddened to hear of the recent death of one of the paper's oldest readers. Beatrice Mary Jones was born into a fairly privileged family in August 1901. As a teenager she read about the harsh lives of working class people, and in 1917 her sympathy for the Russian Revolution led her aunty to declare her a 'Bolshie'.
In the 1920s, as a poultry farm worker, she lost at least one job for speaking up for fellow workers' rights. She continued to develop her ideas of socialism and peace, and her love of the natural environment.
Having brought up four sons alone, Beatrice was always proud that none of them grew up to exploit people. She learned from her children's and grandchildren's involvement in the labour and peace movements.
She was always a republican. She remembered feeling resentful at having to miss games time at school when Edward VII died in 1910. She called herself Beo, as she disliked being named after Victorian royalty. Beatrice was very pleased to reach her hundredth birthday and make her local paper for refusing her telegram from the Queen. She was an inspiration to anybody who wanted to lead their life their own way and to think for themselves. She will be missed.