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    Sad story of England's 92 year old poppy seller, found dead

    For 75 years, 92-year-old Olive Cooke of Bristol, England, had sold poppies to remember lost - and aid living- veterans of Britain's wars. It's estimated she sold 30,000. Even a breast cancer diagnosis in late 2013 didn't stop her.

    But her high-profile charitable works came with a downside - friends report she had been inundated with requests from charities that she found hard to refuse, and had lost faith when £250 she sent to a relative went missing in the post.

    Olive's body has been found at the bottom of the deep Avon Gorge, in Bristol.

    Her son, Del Whelan, 62, said: “She thought she had done something wrong.” He said she also had health problems but the loss of the money and the impact of the cold-callers took their toll. “It was the constant drip of the begging letters. I think she found it difficult to say no. She had just had enough.”
    Rest in peace, Olive. Thank you.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...ge-olive-cooke
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    I forgot to mention Olive was a widow at 21. Her husband was killed in 1943, in WW2.

    Really sad about this dear lady.
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    Aww, this is so sad. I just seen it on the news. RIP Olive


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    Rest in peace, Olive. You have my prayers and respect.
    Thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris and all of France!

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    I saw this on tv this morning, so very sad.

    Rip olive, you were a true angel. Xx



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