Obituary: Mrs Sheila Buxton Branson

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Mrs Sheila Buxton Branson, of Hurst Crescent, Barrowby, has died in St Edmunds Nursing Home, Grantham. She was 89.

Mrs Branson was born in Helpston near Peterborough, the daughter of George and Eleanor Franks. She was sister to Bill, Rene, Mick, Liz, John and Peter.

In 1950 she married Sam. They have three daughters, Ann, Mary and Jane and two granddaughters, Rebecca and Alice.

After living in Wellingborough and Cheshire they settled in Grantham in 1961.

In 1962 Mrs Branson lost her sight. She brought up her young family and resolved to concentrate on what she could do, rather than what she couldn’t.

She attended Stamford Girls’ School and then trained as a nurse at Leicester Royal Infirmary. She became a staff nurse and then ward sister at Northampton General Hospital.

Mrs Branson was an avid reader all her life and enjoyed RNIB talking books and Grantham Talking Newspapers. She had five guide dogs and was a local Guide Dogs for the Blind speaker for over 20 years.

She was a keen walker with Grantham Ramblers and completed many long distance walks with her husband and friends Dawn and George Musson. She had walked on many Scottish mountains.

Mrs Branson was also a keen supporter of Grantham Family History Society.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Sarah Michael.

Family mourners included: Sam Branson, Ann Branson and Mike Pepper, Mary Branson and Ahmed Hussein, Jane Branson and Richard Scott, Rebecca Pepper, Alice Pepper, Marion Franks, Jeremy Franks, Guy Franks, Tim and Marlene Franks, Roger Franks, Paul Franks, Rebecca Jackson, Alex Franks, Bruce and Sara Franks, William Franks, Adrian Serjeant.

Other mourners included: Garry and Anne Scott, David and Ruth Crook, Wendy and John Taylor, Yvette Gunther, the Rev Norman and Mrs Rosemary Steer, Dawn Musson, Christine and Keith Price, Barry Smith, John Williams, David and Sheila Ward, Elaine Scott, Linda Bourke, Joyce Barnes, Mr and Mrs Grosset, Louise Brown, Pat Taylor and Rosie Arnott.

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

Donations were received for Guide Dogs for the Blind and Grantham Talking Newspaper.