Obituary: Miss Elaine Giles

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Miss Elaine Giles, has died at home. She was 66.

She was born in Kingston Hospital, London, in November 1947.

Miss Giles lived at Mortlake with her parents, Betty and Ernest Giles, until the age of six, when sadly her father died. She moved to Hounslow with her mother and then to Twickenham.

After college she became a librarian, and books were always a large part of her life. She was also interested in archaeology.

Miss Giles came to Lincolnshire to work at Bulby Hall Racing stables in an administrative capacity, very quickly embracing country life, becoming a keen gardener and making many friends in Bulby and the surrounding area. She became involved in the local parish council, WI, and at Irnham Church, helping with the annual fete.

She worked with Baston Riding Club for many years, helping to run the two-day show and the cross country, despite being allergic to horses; she also became secretary to Bourne Fatstock Show, and was the first lady to attend their annual dinner.

For a number of years she worked at Grimsthorpe Estate office, then set up her own book keeping business. Most of her clients became her very good friends. It was during that time that she decided to have a dog, and so Jacko the spaniel, came into her life.

From Bulby Miss Giles moved to the Willoughby Gallery at Corby Glen as caretaker. She was already the exhibition secretary and librarian, and continued with her book keeping. Retiring from her caretaker role she moved to Swinstead and finally to Bourne. In 2009 her mother moved from London to Bourne, to be closer to her.

Miss Giles loved ballet, classical music and art. She did embroidery courses at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court, and produced the most amazing gold work and cross-stitch, working on vestments for Westminster Abbey and embroidering national emblems for the Olympics.

A loving daughter to Betty and a very good friend to many, she will be greatly missed.

The Rev David Creasey conducted the funeral service at St Andrew’s Church, Irnham, followed by a committal service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: Betty Giles, Barbara and Ken Wells, Leslie and Margaret Giles, Linda and Gavin Blackman, and Pauline and Craig Mandeville.

Other mourners included: Helen Langman, Liz Unwin, Ray Biggs, Susan Britten and Linda Watson (Grimsthorpe Estate office), Quita Jenkinson, Richard Brewster, Julia Rowland, Tim and Ruth Clarke, Michael and Rosemary Wilson, Bernard Chase, Sir Simon Benton Jones, Warren McDavid, Alan Mullen, Anne Osborn, Melinda Lomas, John Kirkman (Willoughby Memorial Trust), Elaine Wilson, E. Davey, Sarah Hunt, Bridget Green, Barry Barton, Elizabeth Partridge, Cynthia Penhey, Robert Penhey, John and Jackie Gregory, Dorothy Cupit, Janice Proud (Browning Court), David and Helen Porter, Lindsay Bishop, Patricia and Cameron Prichard, Hazel, Andy, Chris and Ben Darley, Norman and Suzie Davis, Audrey Jyssum, Ibis Channell, Amanda Ayre, Eileen Graham, Amanda Marlowe, Margaret and Matthew Richardson, Polly Devereue, Barbara Cossey, Audrey Smith, Olive Goodliffe, Roger and Karen Dungworth, Tom Bagge, Brian and Jill Walsingham, Joan Jacobs, Jane Bradley (Steam Action).

Funeral arrangements were by R. J. Scholes, Wherrys Lane, Bourne.

Donations were received for Marie Curie Cancer Care.