Mrs J. Challands

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MRS Joan Challands, has died at her home in Bottesford. She was 83.

She was born in Kilvington, Nottinghamshire, in March 1929.

When she was two-years-old the family moved to Whatton Fields Farm, Whatton, and she attended the local school.

The family later moved to Row Farm, Long Bennington when she was 14 and by now she had four brothers, John, Ted, Alec and Tom and a sister, Margaret. The farm was situated on the very edge of Normanton airfield and at this time the Second World War was at its height.

At the age of 16 she worked in the YMCA store on the camp at Normanton, and this is where she met her future husband, Warrant Officer Ernest Challands (known as Pip). They were married in 1952 and settled in Bottesford. The following year their first daughter, Esther was born, followed by Melanie in 1955 and son John in 1956.

Together with her husband she grew vegetables and fruit and kept chickens. They prided themselves in healthy living.

When her children were older she worked as a care assistant at Gregory House in Grantham, and while there she met her dearest friends, Rosemary, Vera, Pat and Ruth and kept in touch with them as long as she was able.

In 2005 her daughter, Esther died, followed a year later by the death of her husband, aged 94.

Mrs Challands enjoyed the company of her grandchildren, James, Philip and Sarah and more recently her great-grandsons, Jacob and Jesse, of whom she was very proud.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Norman Wilkinson.

Family mourners included: John Challands, Melanie Taylor, Richard Taylor, Philip Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Margaret Arnold, Malcolm Arnold, Shane Arnold, Sue Arnold, Michael Ablewhite, John Ablewhite, Anne Ablewhite, Katie Ablewhite, Joyce Ablewhite, Derek Ablewhite and Bill Fazackerley.

Other mourners included: Joyce Bainbridge, Kim Slender, Ian Norris, Joyce Warr, Vincent Warr, Bernard Smith, Hazel Smith, Ruth Parker and Vera Hall.

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

Donations for Cancer Research UK amount to £91.60 to date.