Mrs R. N. Bateman

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MRS Rachel Norah Bateman, of New Street, Grantham, has died in Kings Court Nursing Home. She was 89.

She was born in Flinton, East Yorkshire, the daughter of William and Rachel Clarke and the fourth of six children. She was the last surviving sibling.

She married Philip Bateman in February 1940. They lived in the Hull area with their four children until the early 1960s, when they moved to Chertsey, Surrey.

Following her husband’s retirement in the 1980s they came to Grantham, living at Cheveley Park.

Her husband died in 1992 and she continued to live at Cheveley Park until illness forced her to move to New Street, Grantham, living with her son and carer, Philip Bateman junior.

Mrs Bateman leaves four children, 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

During the 1970s and 1980s she was an “Avon lady”. She also worked on a school crossing patrol during the 1970s.

Mrs Bateman’s interests included gardening, cross-stitch, reading, television and cooking. She also took a keen interest in her family.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by the Rev June Rowland. Her ashes will be interred at Wragby, with those of her parents.

Family mourners included: Norman Bateman, John and Jean Bateman, Linda and Nigel Pimm, Philip Bateman, Nicola and Darren Auckland, Holly and Phoebe Pimm, Wendy and Andrew Morris, Lisa Alexander, William Alexander, Mandy West, Becky West, Carol Bateman, Denise Bateman and Michelle Bateman.

Other mourners included: Andrew Ferguson, Mary Ferguson, Yvonne Wilson, Grace Clark, Mr and Mrs R. Clark, Alec Clark, Sue O’Meara, Carol Thompson, Chris Bradley, Dyonne Stafford, Peter and Sylvia Curtis, Marilyn Clark, Melvyn Clark, David and Patricia Clark and Scott Ballard.

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

Donations were received for Cancer Research UK.