Rosemary Alice Powell

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The funeral service for Rosemary Alice Powell, aged 93 years of Tealby, was held at the parish church.

The Rev Jamie Mackay officiated at the service and arrangements were by J Marshall of Market Rasen.

Rosemary was born in Chaldon Surrey - a sickly baby, baptised at birth as her survival was in doubt.

As a child, she continued to be plagued by ill health, with frequent bouts of asthma, so was unable to attend school. Instead, she endured the rigours of a very strict governess, although her childhood was a happy one.

By the age of 11, she had outgrown her ill-health and attended Eothen Girls’ School, where one of her teachers was Imogen Holtz, sister of the composer Gustav.

With the start of World War Two, the horrors of war were soon impressed upon the family when returning Luftwaffa discharged their ammunition after the raid on Biggin Hill while Rosemary and her sister were in the garden. As tracer bullets rained down, she grabbed her sister’s hand and ran into the house - a bullet hole in the stair bannisters was testimonial to their narrow escape.

Having completed secretarial college, she worked for B I A in Ayr, working her way rapidkly to be PA to the then head.

In this capacity she met a host of interesting people - Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and Eleanor Roosevelt to name a few. She also helped the famed violinist Yehudi Menuhin learn to ride a bike.

Always known for her compassion, Rosemary would write to people associated with the aerodrome when accidents or tragedy occurred and it was in this way she met her husband Richard and they were married in January 1945.

In 1951, the couple, now with two daughters, moved to Norfolk where in 1955 their third daughter, Bobby, was born.

Rosemary loved driving, joining the RAC in 1951 and passing the test for the Institute of Advanced Motorists in 1964. It was no surprise when she chose to volunteer for the hospital car service, help with the WRVS meals on wheels and drive families to prisons to visit relatives.

When Rosemary moved to Tealby 47 years ago, she became secretary of the garden society, joined the WI and invited neighbours to huge lunch parties.

She was also a founder-member of Market Rasen Ladies Luncheon Club. She served as its president and remained a member to her death.

Family mourners were: Roseann and David McCulley (daughter and son-in-law); Jane Sellberg, Bobby Georghiou (daughters); Michael and Jennifer Chatham, Stefan and Meighan, Monica, Annalena, Helena, Tabitha (grandchildren); Brody, Bailey, Bradley, Bryson, Ashton and Avery (great-grandchildren).

Friends at the service were: Mrs L Anyon; Mrs S Baig; Mrs M Allerston; Mr and Mrs Balame; Ms M Fuller (niece, also rep Barry and Nadia); Mrs J Neal; Mr and Mrs Reed; Mr and Mrs Grayson; Mrs B Warr; Mr M Hardy (also rep Hardy Brothers); Mrs F Murphy; Michael Combs and friend; Mr G McDonald (cousin); Mr G White (also rep Mrs I White); Queenie Spink; Mr and Mrs G Wallace (also rep Tealby WI); Mrs Lampard; Mrs J Jones; Mr and Mrs C Codd (also rep Mr and Mrs Fitzsimmons); Ms K Barker; Claudia Georghiou; Adam Georghiou; Luke Georghiou; Bob and Nancy Mitchel; Helen Andrews; Mrs Howard; Caroline Wheeler; Sheila Robinson (also rep Ladies Luncheon Club); Mr and Mrs Woodcock (also rep Mrs Eve Young); Brian and Diana Robinson; June Jernan; Mrs Holm-Johansen; Hugh and Penny Nott (also rep Market Rasen Probus Club); David and Elizabeth Speirs (also rep Martin Cox); Jean Woodward; Mr and Mrs R Richardson (also rep Derek and Di Williams); David Harrison; Christine Beechlaw (also rep Trevor, Elizabeth and Caroline); Malcolm Sunderland; Pat Massey; Helen Parkes (also rep Evelyn Humphries); Mrs Swinfen (also rep Mr Swinfen); Mr and Mrs Ron Forward.