Obituary: Mrs Monica Mary Timson

Mrs Monica Mary Timson
Mrs Monica Mary Timson

Mrs Monica Mary Timson, of Village Street, Sedgebrook, has died in Avery Lodge Care Home, Grantham. She was 90.

Mrs Timson was born in Glapthorn, near Oundle, Northamptonshire, in 1924, the youngest of three children.

She had a very happy childhood on the family farm.

In 1948 she married Geoff and they had 62 wonderful years together.

She has a son, Philip and daughter, Elizabeth Anne, four grandchildren, Stuart, Charlotte, Peter and Rachel and two great-grandchildren, Philip and Geoffrey, of whom she and her husband were very proud.

During the Second World War she taught at the local school, and also worked as a governess in Wakefield.

In 1941 she joined the Women’s Land Army and proudly passed her tractor proficiency test. In 2009 Mrs Timson was invited to Lincoln Cathedral, where she attended a service to celebrate the work and achievements of the Land Girls.

Mrs Timson loved the outdoors, she was a very accomplished horsewoman and in her youth won numerous trophies, competing in local shows and gymkhanas.

She also loved sport and met the love of her life while playing badminton at Oundle. She was an active member of Grantham Tennis Club, where she was match secretary for many years and she also organised the club tournaments and instigated the Friday morning ladies’ sessions which are still going strong today. Mrs Timson played tennis until she was 79 years of age.

On moving to Sedgebrook she took an active role in village life, especially the church, where she stood on the PCC for many years. She made numerous kneelers and a large embroidered picture of The Last Supper which hangs in the church today.

Mrs Timson also loved gardening, and often opened her garden to the public to raise much-needed funds for the church.

For many years she was a member of Grantham Flower Club and helped to organise numerous flower festivals, especially at Sedgebrook.

The Rev Lilian Hall conducted the funeral service at St Lawrence Church, Sedgebrook. Cremation followed in Grantham.

Family mourners included: Philip, Mary and Stuart Timson, Elizabeth, David, Peter and Rachel Frobisher, Charlotte and Mark Beacon and Richard and Penny Gilbert.

Other mourners included: Francis and Rosemary Haw, Jan Beckett, Gill Cowdell, Hilary King, Chris Butt, Graeme Butt, Bryan and Marjorie Horsford, Maggie Spiby, Amanda Thompson, Alayne Cox, Rosalind and Michael Houchin, Bruce and Angela Tapson, Diana Platts, Babette Hay, Christine Colton, Angie Cox, Janice Reece, Linda Rycroft, Margaret Johnson, Graham and Monica Jappy, Barry Jones, Francis Watkins, Jane Denton, Richard Edgeley, Geraldine Statham, Samantha Wade, J H Powell, Melanie Bloodworth, June Noble, Sue and Harry Larkin, Bo Clayton, Jill and David Mahoney, Marion Mahoney, Ian and Angela Burgin, Pru Chandler, Twiggy, Rod and Jane Tyler, Joyce Wadsworth, Geoff Wade, Hilary and Peter Linley, Francesca Robinson, Mike and Sybil Hubbard and Margaret Ashley.

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

Donations for St Lawrence Church, Sedgebrook, amount to £580 to date.