Mrs Alice Mary Jesson, of Stuart Street, Grantham, has died in Grantham Hospital. She was 92.
She was born one of seven children, living in a thatched cottage in the tiny Wiltshire village of Chittoe.
On leaving school at the age of 14, she went into service, living in, with one half-day off per week and every other Sunday afternoon.
In 1939 she went to work in a factory until she and her sister, Rose, volunteered for the ATS.
She trained as a cook, and after various postings she met her husband-to-be, Harold, of the 6th Lincolns at Deepcut, Surrey. They married in 1946 and were demobbed the same year, settling in Harold’s home town of Grantham.
They raised two sons, Alan and Keith, both of whom eventually moved overseas.
Her husband died in 1984 and Mrs Jesson was a widow for nearly 30 years. She carried on bravely, making trips alone around the world to New Zealand and Australia into her 80s, to see her sons and their families. She delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, for whom she was always knitting.
Mrs Jesson continued living alone until her 92nd year, supported by her friends and relations. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
The Rev John Bruce conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.
Family mourners included: Alan and Tricia Jesson, David Jesson, Sarah, Jason and Benjamin Mitchell, Lee and Jim Gandolfi, Peter Jesson and Fiona Ayre, Deirdre and Dave Packer, Maureen and Don Drury, Trevor and Linda Bennett and Margaret and Andrew Baxter.
Other mourners included: Joyce Barnes, Colin Holloway, Moira Clark, Jack Duffy, Steph Watson, Jean Carter, Jean Logsdon, Claire Heaton, Kate Collingwood, Mr D. Allison, June Church and Margaret Keys.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.