Mrs Catherine Mary Willows (Mary), of Yew Tree Residential Care Home, Dowsby, Bourne, has died there. She was 99.
Born in Grantham, she was one of eight children. The family moved from Grantham to Londonthorpe when she was a young child and she had a very happy childhood there.
She has a son John, daughter-in-law Christine and grandson Jonathan. Her granddaughter Juliet predeceased her. She also has three great-grandchildren.
On leaving school she became an assitant teacher at North Home School in Avenue Road. She then worked for many years as a dental nurse for Mr Edney at 24 St Peter’s Hill. Latterly she worked at Beaconsfield Clinic, from where she retired.
In her retirement she was a stalwart of the WRVS for many years and was awarded their long service medal for 25 years’ service in 1992. She was a regular volunteer managing their busy clothing store each day and delivering meals on wheels. For several months in 1992 she ran the Grantham office and took her turn driving to Stocken Prison, to provide snacks for the prison families who were visiting relatives.
She was a member of the WRVS emergency team, attending any fire, flood or other crisis in the area and she continued to support the WRVS until the Grantham branch was disbanded.
A Conservative supporter throughout her life, she helped to raise money for many charities.
She had a musical trait and regularly played the organ at Londonthorpe Church and on occasions, at Manthorpe Church in her younger days.
Until around two years ago she was a regular figure around Grantham, chatting with friends and having the odd bet or two on the horses.
She had a good sense of humour, was well liked and had a forthright manner. She enjoyed doing crossword and word puzzles.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by the Rev John Bruce.
Family mourners included: John, Christine and Jonathan Willows, Sam, John and Eloise Pritcher, Philip and Audrey Willows, Graham and Linda Willows, Richard and Jeanette Willows, Kate Willows and David Roylance, Jacqueline Stanley, Laura Reek, Kelly Holehouse, Paul Stanley and Vicki Loomes, Barbara Armstrong.
Other mourners included: Grant and Vena Brendon, Michael and Lou Burn, Miles Burn, Adam and Jill Whatmough, Mandy Hall-Wilson, Ollie Brendon, Kevin and Mary O’Neill, Viv and Joan Harrison, Alec Cox, Geoff and Pat Wench, Doris Speakman, Stella Wilton, Steve De Visme, Angela Stephens, Amanda Payne, Mrs Dodds.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.