MRS Margarite Jarrom (Rita), of Kings Court Nursing Home, Grantham, has died in Grantham Hospital. She was 85.
Born in Sapcote, Leicestershire, she was the only child of Helen and Thomas Davis.
She went to Sapcote Primary School and later attended Hinckley Grammar School. Her school reports showed she was an excellent student, reaching very high standards in Maths, English and Geography.
She left school at the age of 16, to work in an office, which she did until she was 22-years-old. She left work to marry David in April 1949.
Her husband worked in Barsby, and when a herdsman’s job became available at Knaptoft, they moved there in 1950, and they always said it was their favourite time.
Although they had no children, they often took in children from London for holidays around this time.
The couple moved to Grantham in 1964, and they liked it so much that they settled in the town.
In October 1940, at the age of 13, she was diagnosed with diabetes. She managed the condition for over 70 years, even though the condition was life threatening in the early years. She was awarded three medals from Diabetes UK for 50, 60 and 70 years of taking insulin. In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious John Macleod medal, to mark 70 years of living with diabetes.
When her husband died in 2007, Mrs Jarrom moved to Kings Court Nursing Home and was extremely happy and content there.
Mrs Jarrom was a keen collector of dolls’ houses and in particular their contents. She was always on the look out for miniature items to furnish the rooms and if she couldn’t find what she wanted then she would make it.
She also enjoyed whist drives and crossword puzzles and was extremely good at Scrabble. In later years she liked to read and was an avid follower of the soaps on television.
Together with her husband she enjoyed holidays abroad, visiting America, Mexico, Corsica and the Channel Islands.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by the Rev John Bruce.
Mourners included: Geoff Hamblin, Jean Hamblin, Mirron Yeates, Jane and Gary Yeates, Richard Hamblin, Helen Hamblin, Martine Hamblin, Rebecca Hamblin, Audrey Hamblin, Julie Howlett, Bridgette Peasgood, Turid Farmer, Sandra Sellars, Keith Sellars, Gwen Vogt, Peter Edgoose and Mona Edgoose.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for Diabetes UK.