The very sad news of the sudden death of Ann Mary Field reached family, friends and neighbours, of Wragby.
Ann, aged 69, died at Lincoln County Hospital.
Born in Leicester on March 14, 1946, Ann was an only child .
She had an enjoyable childhood and developed a love of teaching and travel from her father – a geography teacher.
In 1967, Steve, an engineering apprentice in Doncaster, was fixed up with a blind date with a student at High Melton Teacher Training College near Doncaster – it was Ann.
In fact Ann had been ill at the time and the Matron only agreed she could attend the dance if she abstained from alcohol, did not over do the dancing and had an early night - the couple hit it off immediately.
Ann graduated that summer and was offered a teaching post near her home town of Leicester.
A long distance romance was not an option for the couple, so Steve resigned his engineering apprenticeship and joined the Inland Revenue in Leicester.
Their relationship grew, getting ngaged and planning their wedding for the following year, with a honeymoon to Brugges.
Sadly, Ann’s mother’s cancer returned and so they moved the wedding forward, but she did not survive to see the couple marry.
They were married at Leicester Guild Hall on April 18 1968 – a marriage that lasted 47 years.
Their honeymoon in Brugges was replaced with two days in London and the money saved went towards furnishing their first home.
Steve’s career necessitated many locations around the country as he climbed the promotion ladder.
In the early days, Ann was able to remain in the teaching profession and in July 1973 their daughter Sian was born in Bolton, Lancashire, with their son James making his entrance in October 1976, by which time the family were living in Middlesbrough.
Next came a change when a move to Cheshire made it possible for Steve to re-trained as a professional auditor, and he was subsequently offered a job as a Principal Audit Advisor to The Treasury in London.
The family moved to Milton Keynes and, while he commuted to London every day Ann took up a job with the local Employment Agency.
Sadly, after three years, Ann developed breast cancer, which after periods of remission returned three times.
They decided to take early retirement and moved to Wragby.
After radical surgery at Lincoln County Hospital and beating the cancer, she suffered arthritis in her knees and had both joints replaced.
Throughout all the health issues she never once lost her spirit.
She joined the U3A in Market Rasen and became an enthusiastic long-standing member, keen walker, and cross-stitcher and crafter.
With travel still in her blood, she and Steve took their first cruise last year circumnavigating the British Isles and were so looking forward to their next venture in 2016 when they were to cruise the Baltic Capitals and St. Petersburg.
On the evening Ann passed away, she was with friends and happily looking forward to a pleasant evening and lovely meal.
She will be remembered by so many and now is laid to rest according to her wishes at Brightwater Green Burial Meadow – a lovely peaceful location amid trees and wild flowers.
Funeral arrangements were made by J Marshall of Market Rasen.
Family mourners were: Steve Field (husband); Sian and Warren Whyte (daughter and son-in-law); James and Mandie Field (son and daughter-in-law); Louis and Jayne Field (grandchildren); Jane Duggan (step mother); Keith Abell (uncle); Robert and Claire Abell, Anna and John Hague, Julia Mitchell, John Watson (cousins); Nicholas and Pauline Field, Daryil and Gerald Whyte ( in-laws).
Names taken at the church; Bob and Christine Clark; Christine Kettlewell; Renee Harper; Richard and Janet Lenton; Edie Humphries; Rita Dixon; Mr and Mrs Alcock; Barbara Preston (also representing Margaret and Eric Morris); Brenda and David Bodily; Pat Hyde; Sheila Cartwright (organist); Jean Wood; Jacquie Gillespie; Linda Westwood; Mike Harmen (Gardening Club); Carol Watts – (Gardening Club); Mrs Fiddler; Jo Glazier; Mr and Mrs Pickett; Gail Dennis; Margaret Robinson; Margaret Applewhite; Tony Applewhite; Paul and Susan Jacobs; Neil and Sandra Allen; John Edwards; Anne Wilkinson; Michael Gellar; Valerie Walsh; Mr and Mrs Davison; Jean Smith; Sam Ward; Mary and John Lloyd; Ann Flint; Kevin Smitheringale; Eric Spendelow; Marina Masters; Mr and Mrs V Nash; Mr and Mrs Burke; M Richardson; Mr and Mrs Bowles; Mr and Mrs Reid; Barbara Bartlett (also representing John Bartlett and the “Thursday Group”); Chris Toon; Lesley and BJ BJornaali; Kath Edmondson; Al and Pat Hage; Simon LeMay; Jeanne Welch; Anna and John Hague; Julia Mitchell; John Watson; Doug and Jackie Nightingale; Rita Chapman; Lynne af Rosenburg; Helen Wilson; Mr and Mrs R Abell; Mr K Abell; Mrs J Duggan; Lynda and Gordon Taylor; Eleanor Flunder; Brian and Katherine Drake; JeanChilds; Ken Howitt.