Mrs Jane Morrell Ettridge, known as Jean, of Goodliff Road, Grantham, has died in St Barnabas Hospice in a Hospital at Grantham Hospital. She was 82.
Born in Glasgow in 1932, she was one of 14 children, 10 girls and four boys.
She grew up on the streets of Carntyne, playing around the Middens.
Married to John, she has two children, Penny and Ian, grandchildren Gail and Eric and great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Ryan.
In her earlier days she was a Royal Air Force wife, and despite numerous postings with her husband’s service, she was never known to be out of work for long. She endured her husband’s repeated call ups for duty and various unaccompanied tours with true grit, getting on with her responsibilities as a wife and mother.
Mrs Ettridge held quite a few jobs with NAAFI, or in schools as a dinner lady, or in the sewing shop, where she altered uniforms for the service personnel at the former RAF Spitalgate. Her final job before retiring, was at Boots in Grantham. During retirement she did voluntary work at Spitalgate School, teaching one of her passionate hobbies of cross stitch and crochet.
She was also involved with the RAF Police Association, giving her time to the wives’ entertainment committee and helping to raise donations for their various charities.
In recent years she cared for her husband. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in July, receiving a card from The Queen, of which she was extremely proud. Mrs Ettridge rarely put herself first. She dedicated a large amount of time helping to raise her grandchildren, and would sometimes help with her great-grandchildren.
She had a passion for football, tennis and snooker.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland.
Family mourners included: John Ettridge, Penny Spencer, Ian Ettridge, Sue Chipperfield, Zoe Constable, Caroline Simcoe, Ian and Debbie Fullerton, Irene and Alan Banks, Gail and Barry Holliday, Eric and Marie Spencer, Kaitlyn Spencer, Ryan Spencer, and Tracey Hemmings.
Other mourners included: Sue Smith, Mrs Baxter, Karen Chevalier, Shirley Bond, Gillian Barr, Michelle Watson, Kim Banks, Shan Weaire, Ben Hardy, Rebecca Burden, Sue Pearce, Dave and Lorraine Jones, Michelle Page. RAF Police Association - Jim and Val Whitwham, Christine Walker, John and Mary Curtis, Trevor and June Evans, Brian and Madge Whitaker, Barrie Clarke, Bernard and Valerie Lamb, John Park, Rob and Chris Miller, Gordon Watson, Dave and Joyce Lane, D. and Lyn Bilzon, and Brian Austin.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations for St Barnabas ‘Hospice in a Hospital’ amount to £236.73 to date.