Obituary: Mrs M. A. B. Ford

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Mrs Molly Anne Barwick Ford, of Bottesford, has died in the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. She was 89.

Mrs Ford was educated in Mapperley, Nottingham. After school she enrolled to study nursing at Nottingham General Hospital. After graduation she spent several years as a district midwife in Manchester.

She answered a call for VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) after the Second World War, against her parents’ wishes, and found herself in Abbadan, Persia (now Iran). Here she met and married Bob, who was serving the British government in the capacity of fire fighting training officer for Abbadan oil refinery.

Their daughter, Sarah, was born in Abbadan in 1951 and the family left there soon afterwards to take up new postings in Bahrain. Mrs Ford worked at Awali hospital. Returning for a UK vacation, their son, Robert, was born in England in 1953. She returned to Bahrain and another daughter, Frances was born in 1956, followed by a second son, Michael in 1957.

The family returned to England in 1969, to Bottesford, and Mrs Ford worked at Grantham Hospital until she retired, aged 60.

Before and after retirement she was involved in voluntary work and charity work. She was an avid supporter of the Red Cross and worked on the tea bar at Grantham Hospital. She also actively supported Caring for Carers.

Mrs Ford led a very full life and her hobbies included her home and garden and certainly many people will have a story or two to tell about her home-made beer and especially her wine. The latter seeing her winning the shield for home-made wines at Bottesford show for manyyears.

In 2002 her home was seriously flooded, but her tenacious and determined nature saw her through this.

She enjoyed classical music, was a bargain hunter, particularly at car boots, travelled extensively to Iran, Bahrain, Turkey, the Yemen and Israel and Kenya, where her daughters live.

Mrs Ford enjoyed keeping in touch with news, current affairs, was an avid reader, enjoyed cooking and baking and jam-making.

The funeral service was held at St Mary’s Church, Bottesford, followed by cremation in Grantham. The services were conducted by the Rev Dr Mark Smith.

Family mourners included: Sarah Noad and Tor Allen, Frances, Ginge and Timna Gonen, Roni Brenner, Mike Ford and Julia Madgwick, Ben Lewis, Wills and Becky Lewis and Jessica and Theo Lewis.

Other mourners included: Jean Goddard (British Red Cross), Teresa Wright, Doris Speakman, Carolyn Lord, Mary Nelder and Vera Quick (British Red Cross), Terry and Sonia Hollingworth, George and Dawn Musson, Derek and Margaret Booles (Grantham Ramblers), Frances Stapleton, St Mary’s Church Choir, Nora Parkin, Tonya and Mick Pacey, Vivienne Finch, Jo Norris, Loraine Henson, Eunice Greasley and Cheryl, Beverley Greasley, Claude and Margaret Watchorn, Steve Fisher, Martyn Stubbs, Pim Mabbitt, Bob Lockey, Michael Calcraft, Nick Metcalfe, Paul Metcalfe, Jill Metcalfe, John Topps, Christine and Mike Saunders, Arthur Gamble, Susi Lister and Janet Greenhalgh, Shelagh Woollard, Carole Crooke, Frieda Woll, Janet Kitson, Winifred McShane, Muriel Cooke, Ivy McElroy, Pru Chandler, Hazel and Pat Preston, Barbara B. Hart, John and Pauline Goodson, Desmond and Barbara Taylor, John and Jean Hammond, Heather Shephard, Beryl Smith, Jacqui Francis (Bottesford and District Gardens Association), John and Herbert Daybell, Kathleen and Maurice Fisher, Josephine Doubleday, Edna Taylor, Kathleen Panter, Glenys and Melvin Claricoats, David and Maureen Wright, Karen and Howard Gresham, Karen Pye-Smith, Jane Stevenson (Corcos), Chris Walton (postman), Ian Jemmett, Mr and Mrs B. Thorne, Patricia Wellard, David and Barbara Makin, Peter and Glenys Gornall, Flo Guieze, Pam Goulding, Gordon and Wendy Hurn, Vicky and Peter Aldenton, Kim Bradbury and Robert keen, Jo Shaw, Ian Carroll, Brian and Thomas Talbot, Stephanie Walden Matthews, Michael Sharp, Richard Sharp, Christopher and Jenny Sharp, Jonathan Scott, Christopher Scott, Katie Fleming and Joe Charlton.

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

Donations for St Mary’s Church, Bottesford, Restoration Fund amount to £474.37 to date.