Mrs P. N. Trafford

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MRS Pauline Nancy Trafford (Polly), of The Knoll, Great Gonerby, has died in Lincoln County Hospital. She was 65.

Born in Grantham in November 1946, she was the daughter of Walter and Edith Holvey and had three elder brothers, Malcolm, Brian and David.

She attended the National School, followed by St Wulfram’s School and then trained as a bookkeeper and secretary at Grantham College.

Local employment followed at various companies in secretarial positions, until a move took her to Hurn Airport, in Dorset for two years. She then returned to Grantham.

In 1969 she married Martin Trafford, and they enjoyed a wonderfully happy 43 years of unison, never spending any time apart from each other.

They had two children, Matthew and Karen and then three grandchildren, Charlie, Skye and Ollie, who she doted on.

While raising her family, she worked hard in part-time positions, notably as a dinner lady at Huntingtower Road School, and in bookkeeping roles.

Mrs Trafford re-trained in the legal secretarial profession and spent the next 28 years working for Trumans, Chattertons and Birds. During this time she became highly regarded and made many close friends and was thought of by all not only as a work colleague, but as a warm, loving lady, with compassion and time for all.

She was devoted to her family and was loved dearly by Martin and her children and loved nothing more than spending time “training” her three grandchildren.

She loved to travel, and spent many holidays at home and abroad with her husband, and lifelong friend, Carol Boyfield, making many dear friends on her adventures.

Mrs Trafford was a wonderfully gifted flower gardener. Assisted by Martin, they both created a garden and landscape that is truly breathtaking and was her absolute pride and joy.

She had a close relationship with both her children, and was always ready to help with loving advice, sensible solutions and a calmness that always reassured those closest to her.

She had many close friends, and shall be dearly missed by them and her family, but above all will be remembered as a lady who had time for everybody, a wonderfully cheerful demeanor and a love of life that made her a delight to spend time with.

Robert Holland conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: Martin Trafford, Matthew Trafford, Karen Esson, Andy Esson, Malcolm and Kath Holvey, Brian Holvey and David Holvey.

Other mourners included: Claire Morgan, Mr Holbey, Darren and Alison Wilson, Joy Conway, Frank and Christine Johnson, Gill and John Lenton, Rosina Armitage, Mr and Mrs Blundell, Margaret Matthews, Louise Matthews, June Cook, Zenda Dempster, Sandra Brandom, Jane Overland, Jason, Cliff and Kim McKeown, Dick Pridding, Terri Wilson, Pauline Tomblin, Susan Steer-Jones, Malcolm and Virginia Carrington, Mr and Mrs Cork, Ena Barker, Jan Healy, Jo Earl, Neil Hamilton, Penny Meadows, Lloyd Morris, Agnes Welham, Kate Burris, Mr and Mrs Webster, June Tilley, Mr and Mrs Linney-Smith, Anne and Max Lupton, Sandra Barker, Mrs Wing, Mr Haines, Evelyn Richardson, Peter and Annette Fordham, John and Ann Billing, Colin Billing, Tracie Doulton, Graham and Linda Harrison, Brian Morley, Judy Simmons, Debbie Natrass, Karen and Stuart Shaw, Mike Esson, Isobell Esson, Mr and Mrs Moir, Mr and Mrs Neville, Mary Wakerley, Brian and Janet Coulson, Emma Bannister, James Prenderville, Adam Boyfield, Lucy Boyfield, Sally Tarlton-Weatherall, John and Pat Pinchbeck, Mrs Maurice, Jane Smart, Tricia Trafford, Bruce Richardson, Beryl and John Auckland, Mr Walker, Lydia Gallagher, Jo Lovett, Sandra and Steve Brown, Nicola Tilley, June Miller, Val Davey, Sue Burris, Matthew Tipton, Veronica Potjomkina, Carol Reed, Steve Reed, Geoff and Pam Gittins, Pat and Bob Simpson, Keeley Dempser-Lee, Alison Coleman, Lindre Walker, Nicola Lupton, Mr and Mrs Pick, Mr and Mrs O’Shaughnessy, Estelle Conron, Victoria Wakley, Martin James, Sarah Rattue, Margot Hettie, John Earth, Ann Monk, Abigail Murphey, Jennifer Davies, Violet Morris, and Jim and Mary Smith.

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

Donations were received for Cancer Research UK.