MRS Jean Muskett, of Grantham, has died in Grantham Hospital. She was 82.
Born in Morton, near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, she was the only daughter of Cyril and Ada Torr. She attended Morton County Primary School and the Girls’ High School in Gainsborough.
She was a good musician and played the piano and violin, and sang in the choir; she was also a Sunday School teacher and often played the organ for the Sunday School, both in Morton and at nearby RAF Hemswell. She enjoyed playing tennis, hockey and netball.
Between 1947 and 1950, she trained as a secondary school teacher at The Gloucestershire Training College of Domestic Science. Jean was specially gifted in needlework; she also perfected the art of cake baking and decorating, and went on to make many beautiful wedding, christening and birthday cakes for friends and relatives throughout her life. After qualifying as a teacher, she taught in Chesterfield and Scunthorpe.
In August 1952, she married Peter Muskett, whom she had met at school. After Peter completed his education at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, they moved to Blackburn, where he taught. They later lived in Scunthorpe, where their only daughter, Judith was born. The family moved to Grantham in 1964 when Peter took up a post at Stoke Rochford Teacher Training College.
Once in Grantham, Mrs Muskett joined the Grantham Singers and subsequently became one of the longest serving members. She was happy to take her part in leadership too, first as secretary of the Singers, then as treasurer for 17 years. She helped to organise the Promenade Concerts held in St Wulfram’s Church, as part of the October Festival in the early 1980s.
Mrs Muskett was an active member at St Wulfram’s Church, helping in all sorts of ways, part of the “Busy Bees” fundraising group organised by the rector’s wife, Joan Howe, in the 1970s and ‘80s; She was also treasurer for flower arrangers at church in the 1980s.
Mrs Muskett enjoyed travel with her husband and daughter across different parts of Europe.
She and her husband celebrated their Ruby Wedding anniversary in 1992, the year before he died.
The funeral service was held at St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham, conducted by Canon Christopher Andrews, assisted by the Rev June Rowland and the Rev Sally Myers. Music was provided by St Wulfram’s Church Choir (conducted by Dr Tim Williams) and Joe Beech, organ scholar. Cremation followed in Grantham, followed by interment of ashes the next day in the Garden of Remembrance, St Wulfram’s Church.
Family mourners included: Judith Muskett, Susan Capon, Sarah Capon, Annie Capon, Pam Cook, Ron Cook, Helen Shipperbottom, Roy Shipperbottom, Marjorie Mellor and Keith Mellor.
Other mourners included: Mr M. Basford, Ron Young, Michael Brooks, Tom Brooks, Carol Telford, Val York, Pat Watson, Barbara Teague, Margaret Galvin, Gerald Necklen, Brenda Marriott, Donna Overton, David Ridgers, Sue Redmile, Mrs J. Green, Gene and Alan Green, Diane Hale, Mary Duggan, Vera Lucas, June Tilley, Kathleen Hughes, Alec Hughes, Anne Earle, Susan Hirst, Linda Sawyer, Magdalena Chouikha, Julie Fairbrother, Deborah Rimmington, Andrea Parker, Mary Pointer, Winnie Barnes, Jack Odell, June Bennett, Nesta McKiernon, Harry and Marion Green, the Rev Anne Jablonski, Derek Jackson, Stephanie Bishop, Malcolm Knapp, Anne Laxton, David Brown, Valerie and David Blake, Alan Hubbard, Deidre Pickup, Joyce Simpson, Judith Kenna, Denhys and Pauline Lambley, Mollie Kidd, Fran Rhys, Vera Stevens, Madge Robinson, Betty Fernyhough, Lorna Mackinder, David Mackinder, Helen and Susie Newdick, Jeanne Jackson, Jane Sharp, Norman Whiting, Tracy Glandville, Jane Price, Leanne Bowers, Amanda Parker, Sally Hollingsworth, Patricia and Richard Shipley, Carol and Louise Mackinder, Muriel Holdham, Joan Murray, Lynda Feneley, Brian Buttery, Anthony Jackson, John Earth, Elsie Rowley, Rob and Delia Hearmon, Christine Andrews, Richard Hughes, Colin Beevers and Brian and Sue Stagg.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.