Obituary: Mrs Elizabeth Emma Ney

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Mrs Elizabeth Emma Ney (nee Smith), of Kelham Road, Great Gonerby, has died in Grantham Hospital. She was 84.

Mrs Ney was born in September 1929 in Balby, South Doncaster, the fourth child of James and Ada Smith. She had four siblings, Charles, Mary, James and Winifred.

The family moved to Sleaford in 1931, to be closer to her father’s family. She later attended the Catholic School in Sleaford.

A close bond was fostered with her siblings during the Second World War years and this continued throughout their lives.

In post war years she and her younger sister, Winifred, worked alongside one another in a laundry. In 1949 they moved to Mansfield, to live with their elder sister Mary and her husband, to help with their daughters.

In the 1960s she combined roles of manageress of a dry cleaners with being a children’s nanny, which involved domestic and foreign travel. This was a happy time for her.

Towards the end of the 1960s, she really found her niche, moving into a profession which she greatly enjoyed; she trained to be a nurse. She was ideally suited to this with her caring nature, natural resourcefulness and calmness under pressure.

Her first post was at Portland Training College for the Disabled in Mansfield, where she enjoyed her time there. It was while there that she met Tom, who was recuperating after a severe stroke. The couple married and two years later their much-loved daughter Amanda was born.

In 1976 the family moved to Grantham, where Mr Ney ran a greengrocers and Mrs Ney returned to nursing, working at Harrison House Nursing Home. She remained there until her retirement in 1989.

Retirement brought the opportunity for her to return to her much-loved hobbies. She was a skilled seamstress and an enthusiastic knitter.

In the summer of 1994 the couple moved to what was to be their final home in Great Gonerby, where they made good friends with the neighbours.

They were once again able to travel to see family and friends and enjoy many evenings dancing.

Fourteen years into her retirement Mrs Ney developed dementia. Despite this illness, she retained her character and her love for Tom was never lost or diminished.

Mrs Ney was sadly widowed in 2010.

She was always there for other people and dedicated her life to looking after others. She was easy to talk to, with a kindness of soul and a warm, welcoming smile. She will be greatly missed.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: Amanda Ney, Stephen Ney, Sam Page-Ney, Garry Ney, Gavin Ney, WInifred White, Joyce Oates, David Oates, Brenda Bartrum, Jim Bartrum, Ruth Heeley, Alan Heeley, Marianne Heeley, Luke Heeley, Elaine Cleaver, Ken Smith, Russell Smith, Ian Smith, Jill Smith, Marjorie Austen, Angela Rankin and Rebekah Rankin.

Other mourners included: Linda Brookes, Alison Light, Chloe Light, Fay Dawson, Chris Derksen, Ruth King, Sharon Fuller, Jon Fuller, Jim Weller, Lisa Desmond, Gill Lanckham, Madeline Beasley, Sara Congreve, Julie Brown, Donna Coupland, Brianna Johnson, Julie Finney, Cheryl Cowee, and Brian Church.

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

Donations were received for Portland College, Mansfield.