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Daphne was born May 27, 1937 in Watford, England. Mom was 85, when
she passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 02,
2022, surrounded by family at home in El Paso, Texas.
Daphne, one of 13 children, was born to her parents, Mark and Risify
Wilson, in Watford, England. As a young girl in England, her first job was
at an Ice Cream Shop, serving customers “ice lollies, ice cream and other
sweet treats”. She then took a job as Bookkeeper/Cashier at a local dry
cleaners. It was at this job, she met her future husband, Albert Victor
Bierman, a handsome young soldier, stationed at Bushey Hall in
England. Mom and Dad married on April 06, 1955. Shortly thereafter,
they would be stationed in America, Mom’s first trip out of England.
They were stationed in Fort Stewart, Georgia, where they welcomed their
first child, daughter Janice Ann in 1956, and their son,
Al (“Bert”) in 1957. Not long after, military life brought them to Fort Bliss, Texas,
where daughter Janet Andrea (“Andy”) was born in 1959.
A few short months later, the family was on the move back to Europe, stationed in
Kaiserslautern, Germany for 5 years. Before leaving Germany, their fourth child was born,
Janette Angela in 1964.
Once again, Daphne and Al, and their four children were coming back to
the United States, stationed in Monmouth, New Jersey; Fort Bliss (Biggs
Field), Texas; Pusan, South Korea; and finally, back to Fort Bliss, Texas.
Throughout Daphne’s life, she would go back “home” to England to visit
family, and family would come to El Paso as well.
After Dad retired, (CWO2), and entered the civilian sector, they purchased
their first home, and El Paso would become our final stop. Mom was a
dedicated “stay at home mom,” taking care of the children and home.
After the kids were older, Daphne began working at
Farah Manufacturing/Northeast for a short time, then took a job at the
Fort Bliss Officers Club. Mom LOVED her job as a waitress; the hours
and work were often long and exhausting, but she loved it. Meeting new
people, young military soldiers, families, retirees, Generals, high ranking
officials, world leaders, among many “everyday folks”, she loved taking
care of her customers. Daphne worked at the Fort Bliss Officers Club for
32 years, until retirement in September 2009. She missed working, but
was settling into retirement, a much slower pace than she was accustomed to.
Mom’s final years were spent living with, and being cared
for by her daughters, Janice and Janet, and granddaughter Celina, until
Daphne, (Mum, Nana, Granny), is survived by her loving children, Janice
Torres, Al (Debra) Bierman, Janet Keller, and Janette (Samuel-deceased)
Martinez. She was Blessed with 6 grandchildren; Celina Torres, Dustin
(Erin) Bierman, Adam (Iris) Bierman, Angela (Jesse) Martinez-Lucero,
Samantha Martinez (Deceased), Kristy Martinez, and 9 great-grandchildren;
Melissa, Lauren, Luke, Madalynn, Oliver, Abbigail, Diego, Susie, and Elodie,
nieces Deborah and Jackie in California, as well as numerous nieces and nephews
in the US and England. Preceded in death by Albert V. Bierman; granddaughter
Samantha Autumn Angel Martinez; parents, Mark and Risify Wilson;
sisters Eva, Barbara, Janet, Maureen, Doreen and brothers Jim, Mark,
Charlie, Gerald, Johnny, Derek, and Peter. Mom believed that when we
die, we are welcomed in Heaven by God and our departed family and
loved ones. Mom truly loved us, and nothing made her happier than to
have her family around her, as well as dancing, listening to Elvis, and
chocolate…she loved Cadbury chocolate! We are all taking comfort in
knowing she is undoubtedly at peace and full of joy being with them now.
We love you, Mom!!!
All services are private, just as Mom wanted.
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