Mrs S. M. Wadsworth

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MRS Sylvia Mary Wadsworth (Sue), of Stathern, has died in The Park Hospital, Nottingham. She was 70.

Born in Sawley, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, she was one of four children, having two brothers, Mike and Ian and a sister, Beverly. Her brother Ian predeceased her in 1996.

She enjoyed a happy childhood and after passing her 11-plus she attended Long Eaton Grammar School. After school she worked at Barclays Bank, where she met Bob. Later she worked as a school secretary at Bulwell, Nottingham, and then more recently as a secretary at Grantham College.

In June 1960 she began dating Bob and that was the start of their happy and loving relationship. They married in August 1962. Their first daughter, Sally was born in 1963, followed by Fiona in 1965 and Kate in 1968. Later followed four grandchildren, Hannah, Oliver, Josh and Amber.

In February 1984 the family moved to Stathern and the couple enjoyed the best years of their lives there.

Mrs Wadsworth enjoyed cooking and was well-known for her skills, especially her legendary cheese scones. She loved to be outside tending her garden with Bob and looking after her animals.

A founder member of the Stathern Horticultural Society, she won seven prizes in this year’s show, including the Culinary Cup.

As well as being a member of both Stathern and Harby WIs, she also made a considerable contribution to the Church at Stathern, either flower arranging, cleaning or fund-raising.

Together with her husband she held Strawberry Teas for 25 years, first for Melton Mowbray Dog Training Club’s chosen charity, and later for St Guthlac’s Church.

A modest and unassuming woman, she had a very caring and generous nature to her family, neighbours and friends. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, love and devotion to all and she seldom complained and always had a smile.

Mrs Wadsworth lived life to the full, was a fantastic wife, mother and grandmother and was very proud of her family. She remained positive, cheerful and courageous throughout her illness and was an inspiration to all.

The funeral service was held at St Guthlac’s Church, Stathern, conducted by the Rev Pauline Jenkins, with the lesson read by the Rev Gillian Deave and a tribute given by Alan Ripley. Cremation followed in Grantham.

Family mourners included: Bob Wadsworth, Sally Wadsworth, Fiona Barker, Kate Vick, Clive Tomkins, Hannah Tomkins, Malcolm Barker, Joshua Barker, Rob Vick, Oliver Vick, Amber Vick, Michael Humphrey, Beverly Blanshard, Charlotte Blanshard, Ann Wadsworth, Sarah Timson and Karen Watts.

Other mourners included: Anne Biggadike and Patricia Barrett, Sylvia Stafford, Gill Clark, Claire Howley, Ann Mace, Joan Bray, Mr and Mrs K. Leyland, Gerry and Patricia Beswick, Heather Davies, Denise Richmond, Alwyn and Christine Foster, John Higgins, Joyce Higgins, Daniel Blanshard, Gwen and John Coggle, Anne Bostock, Gillian and John Deave, Bev Wakefield, Graham Smith, Helen Jones, Alan Turner, Murray and Annette Barton, John Eastman, Valerie Eastman, Keith and Barbara Hurry, Tony and Patsy Rayner, Nick and Janet Humphries, Kay Booth, Stan Clark, David Wilson, David Arbon, Valerie and Keith Clayphan, David and Sheila Worth, Robert and Jenny Parkous, Pay and Bryan Colbourne, Scott, Peter Sheardown, Margaret Bloor, John and Sue Mackley, Julie and Jess Newton, Richard and Louise Walker, Peter and Mary Briant, Helena Pryor, Pat Le-hair, Hanneke Brinkworth, Liz and Roger Aubrook, Roger and Barbara Hawkins, Jim and Eileen, Sybil Wood, Michael Wood, David and Ellen Mell, Richard Campion, Ken Davies, Bryan Hollingworth, Keith Noble, Mrs Linzi Shaw, Brian and Linda Richards, Elizabeth and Gerry Hourd, Phillipa Matema, Eleanor Saywell, Ian and Jane Edwards, David Stevens, Chris Curtis, Chris Smith, Keith and Sue Abbs and Gordon and Frances Crook.

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

Donations for Marie Curie Cancer Care amount to £726.20 to date.