Mrs C. E. Smith

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MRS Cynthia Edith Smith, of Covill Close, Great Gonerby, has died in St Edmunds Nursing Home, Grantham. She was 91.

Born in Tring, Hertfordshire, she was the third daughter and fourth child of the Rev Arthur Stanley and Dorothy Bishop. Her father was a Methodist minister, who had been a missionary in Ceylon, and her mother was the daughter of a prominent farming family in the Chalke Valley, Wiltshire.

The family moved to Oxford when she was 14-years-old and she attended Oxford High School until the age of 16 when she went to art school for two years.

She then went into orthopaedic nursing at Wingfield Hospital until 1939. At the outbreak of the Second World War she joined the Land Army but was later invalided out and joined the Aircraft Inspection Directorate, where she inspected the wings of Lancaster bombers.

After the war she studied physiotherapy at Guys Hospital, qualifying in 1948 and joining a practice in Grantham. Later she started her private practice in Sleaford.

She met Derrick at Sleaford Badminton Club, where they were both members. They were married at Sleaford Methodist Church in July 1951. They had two children Belinda and Michael.

When the NHS was set up she went to work at Woodhall Spa, while continuing her private practice. She was later in charge of the Sleaford clinic before moving to Grantham Hospital where she was responsible for ante-natal classes. Later she worked at Newark Hospital.

Following her retirement she worked in the physiotherapy department at RAF Cranwell College. During this time she also helped her husband in the early development of Kesteven Rugby Club and had expertise in sports injuries. She became a life member of the club.

For 20 years she helped to promote Honington Church.

After retiring from RAF Cranwell, she joined the Samaritans at Grantham. Later she became a room steward at Belton House.

The Rev Martin J. Amery conducted the funeral service at Sleaford Methodist Church. Cremation followed in Grantham.

Family mourners included: Derrick Smith, Michael Smith, Belinda Neumann, Peter Neumann, Adam and George Neumann, Michael and Phillipa Bishop, Nicholas Bishop, Sara Bishop, Anthea Costen, Peter Costen, Liz Kinross, Jeremy Flint, Susan Flint, Sally Bowey and Andrew Bowey.

Other mourners included: Hazel Schrimshaw, Pam Housam, Peter Rollings, Mr and Mrs Pallister, Mr and Mrs Thomas, Mr and Mrs Fletcher, Pauline Turnbull, Brian Inglis, Michael Money, Mr and Mrs Berridge, Elizabeth Bowen, Beryl Konisarczuk, Gary Tonge, Andrew Sheardown, Nicola Turner, Jim Mival, Trevor Bakewell, Bernice Heppell, Jim Cook, Mrs Tomlinson, Marko and Maeve Bijester, Hilary and Jim South, Mary Thomas, Cassie Cole, Graham Smith, Paul White, Sue Utley, Susan Thornton, Barrie and Rosalie Grice, Frank Bolton, Mark Dingley, Diane Lee, Mrs Purchase, Olga Reid, Christine Hutchins, Bob and Elaine Allen, Jean Mounter, Richard Donger, Kay Hill, Nick Pert, Pam and Mick Somerville, Simon Somerville, Mr and Mrs Oliver, Helen Willey, David Murphy, Mr and Mrs I. Ralphe, Martin Sheardown, Dee Finnigan, Ron Hedley, John and George London, Mike Geraghty, Jason Hall, David Hepton, Sheila Pumphry, Wendy Broad, Jane Griffin and Vera Lucas.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Guide Dogs for the Blind amount to £455 to date.