Mrs R. E. Thacker

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MRS Rose Ellen Thacker, of North Road Cottages, Little Ponton, has died in St Edmunds Nursing Home, Worcester Road, Grantham. She was 92.

Born in Silk Willoughby in April 1922, she was the eldest daughter of Bill and Rose Wright. She was sister to John, Fan, Freda and Marion.

On leaving school she went into domestic service at a farm near Sleaford, where she met her future husband, George, who worked on the same farm.

They were married in 1941 and they had four children, Barbara, Jean, Tony and Rose.

The family moved to Little Ponton in the early 1950s.

Mrs Thacker was never scared of hard work and cared for seven of her 11 grandchildren (three of them were under a year old), and she would put them all in one big, old pram and take them out for walks while their mothers were working.

She also leaves 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

After the grandchildren returned to their respective parents, she became bored and took on the role of housekeeper for Richard and Virginia Todd, who also lived in the village.

As well as working for the Todd family she held a part-time position as a waitress at Stoke Rochford Hall, where she remained until 1992, when she left due to her husband’s ill health.

Following George’s death, she carried on working for the Todd family until they left the village. She worked for the family for 25 years.

Mrs Thacker loved her garden and spent many hours tending it.

During her younger years she enjoyed knitting. She wrote poems and rhymes and enjoyed word search puzzles.

Mrs Thacker lived in her cottage until February 2011 when, following a fall, she moved into Harrison House Care Home and later moved to St Edmunds Nursing Home.

The funeral service was held at St Guthlac’s Church, Little Ponton, where she was buried with George and daughter, Barbara.

Family mourners included: Jean and Gordon Taylor, Rose and Gerry Smith, Tony Marke, Tony and June Thacker, Angela and Nick Grimwood, Emma and Barney Grimwood, Mandy Golding, Dean Taylor, Jackie Thacker, Caroline Thacker, Jane and Emily Walton, Tracey and Chris West, Sally Smith, Tom Smith, Freda Hooper, Angela and John Morley, Bob and Ann Richards and Len Ashbury.

Other mourners included: Jenny Thorpe, Virginia and Andrew Todd, Neil McCorquodale, Mrs R. McCorquodale, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Alma Hanley, Susie Sayers, Simon Allum, Mrs Christian, Janet Horton, Mr D. Bailey, Philip Marke, Mr and Mrs D J. McCallum, Ann Bennett, Harold Weller, Mark Taylor, Rosie Arnott and Mr and Mrs D. Taylor.

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

Donations were received for St Guthlac’s Church, Little Ponton.