Obituary: Mrs H. M. Carlton

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Mrs Hilda Mabel Carlton, has died in Broadoak Grange, Melton Mowbray. She was 92.

Born in Grantham, she spent most of her life in Knipton, where she attended school until the age of 14.

A very hard-working lady, she worked as a ‘clippie’ for Lincolnshire Road Car (where she met her future husband, Jack, when he was a passenger on the bus). She then worked for a short time as a scullery maid for Sir Arthur Curtis, at Knipton Priory, until becoming housekeeper for Colonel Lockett; Mr Walters; the Maze family and Mr and Mrs Hanson. Later she worked as a silver service waitress at Belvoir Castle and Reservoir Cottage.

In 1941 she and Jack were married at Knipton Church and they lived in the castle grounds. They moved in 1963 to their house overlooking Knipton bowling green. The couple had three sons, Michael, David and Jonathan. Their two daughters Valerie and Janet died in infancy.

The family increased with the arrival of eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs Carlton was a woman of great faith and it was a sad time for her when Knipton Chapel closed.

She enjoyed caring for others and took an active part in village life - she was an avid collector for the Red Cross; she collected to keep the street lights on in Knipton during the war years and she volunteered at Harlaxton Manor. She was secretary of the village hall and she cleaned the bus shelter as well as the red telephone box, which she avidly protestested against the loss of.

Mrs Carlton moved to Broadoak Grange four years ago, where she was loved and very well cared for.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by the Rev Tony Pick.

Family mourners included: David and Penny Carlton, Jonathan and Heather Carlton, Joss Carlton, Peter Carlton, Shaun Carlton, Tracy Carlton, Nigel Carlton, Lisa Carlton, Lindsay Carlton, Scott Carlton, Kelly Fordham, Beverley Gibbs and Janine, Joyce and Neville Spridgens.

Other mourners included: Peter and Chris Sheardown (Knipton Bowls Club), Mr and Mrs C. Marshall (Knipton and Belvoir Parish Council), John Davies, Wolfgang Bischoff, Margaret Edgley, Anne Markham, Geoff, George and Christine Suckley, Pam and Jack Swain, Graham and Bettine Spencer, Ron King, Barbara Taylor, Dorothy Broughton, Amanda Haynes, Joan and John Watchorn, Juliet Marshall, Bryan Hollingworth, Chris and Marian Smith, Shirley Newport, Mr and Mrs Parrott, Freda Hart, Charmain Hart, and Alf and Rose Harrison.

Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.

Donations for the British Heart Foundation amount to £196.31 to date.