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Mary Constance Cripps (Lovemore)

Birthdate: (96)
Birthplace: Bushy Park, Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony, South Africa
Death: August 29, 1968 (96)
'Cloudlands', Vumba Mountains, Rhodesia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Lovemore and Margery Lovemore, SV1b6
Wife of The Hon Lionel Cripps CMG
Mother of Lionel Cripps; Harold Cripps; Angela Cripps; Hereward Cripps and Derick Cripps
Sister of Alfred Charles Lovemore; Jessie Maria Lovemore; Walter Edward Lovemore; William Bailie Lovemore; Charles Benjamin Lovemore and 6 others

Managed by: Sheila Anne Gordon
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About Mary Constance Cripps

married (6 Apr 1893) Lionel Cripps:

1. Lionel Cripps (26 Dec 1893-    )

2. Harold Cripps (23 Jul 1897-    )

3. Hereward Cripps (26 Dec 1900-    )

4. Derrick Cripps (12 Jul 1902-    )

Mary Cripps, nee Lovemore; wife of the Hon. Lionel Cripps, Speaker in the first Parliament of Southern Rhodesia. Her honeymoon was their adventurous journey from Port Elizabeth to Umtali by ox wagon and on horseback, arriving in Rhodesia in 1893. Mrs. Cripps has written an interesting account of their early life up here in Mrs. Boggie's book, "Experiences of Rhodesia's Pioneer Women," pp. 178-184. Mrs. Cripps was in the Umtali laager - letter from herself to Mrs. Boggie dated 11/1/1931. On Roll of Women Pioneers.

"Mrs Lionel Cripps, wife of the man who was to become the first Speaker of the First Parliament of Southern Rhodesia, ... described conditions there as a "sort of Robinson Crusoe life, with no furniture, or planks to make any with, as all the packing cases are left at Beira. Mrs Cripps also recounts the arrival of supplies from Beira, when the women would rush out to see what had been brought - condensed milk, tinned butter, or tinned fish. "Alas it was more often whisky. Whatever else was left at the coast, whisky never remained behind!" - Rhodesia's Pioneer Women (1859-1896)

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Mary Constance Cripps's Timeline

January 2, 1872
Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony, South Africa
December 26, 1893
Age 21
Umtali, Rhodesia
July 23, 1897
Age 25
Umtali, Rhodesia
December 1900
Age 28
Umtali, Rhodesia
Age 29
Umtali, Rhodesia
August 29, 1968
Age 96
Vumba Mountains, Rhodesia