Her family, together with friends and neighbours in East Barkwith and the surrounding area, were sad to hear of the recent death of Alice Margaret Burnett, aged 80, in the Tanglewood Nursing Home at Horncastle, where she had been resident since December.
Alice had been actively involved in many aspects of community life while making her home in the village and was known for her friendly and cheerful personality, always greeting everyone with a smile.
A widow, she had nursed her husband George until he died 14 years ago.
She is survived by her sister Grace Clark, her brother Sid Ward and the many nephews and nieces which she doted on. Alice was born at Benniworth, the youngest child of the late John and Elsie Ward and grew up in the village, attending school at Donington on Bain until she was 14 years of age.
She then worked at Glebe Farm, Benniworth, initially for Mr and Mrs Atkin and later for Mr and Mrs John Selby, helping with household chores and looking after the children, until she married George Burnett of Wragby at St Julian’s Church, Benniworth in 1955. As George worked in the foundry at Lincoln, they set up home in the city.
Alice always loved children and, as she and George did not have any of their own, she loved to have nephews and nieces to stay with her so she could take them out and about and enjoy their company.
Her main hobby at the time was knitting and crochet and she spent hours making clothes for them, so they were never short of something to wear. They lived in Lincoln until George retired and a move then to a static home on an estate at Tattershall gave them a new lease of life.
They spent happy years there as part of the small community, making many friends.
They enjoyed holidays to various places too and it was while they were on one holiday that George was taken ill and after time spent in hospital his limited recovery prompted a move.
They were pleased to be allocated a bungalow at East Barkwith to be near family members and where George could get out and about in his electric chair.
Alice looked after him with the help of carers and the support of family members, especially her niece Marilyn, until he died. She gradually became more actively involved in local organisations joining the Barkwith Group Over 60’s Club and the Barkwith and district Gardeners Association, where she was a regular winner of prizes at annual shows with her baking.
She was fond of flowers and plants and was particularly proud to have won an award with the magnificent fuchsia she had grown on one occasion. Alice also loved to play bingo and in particular enjoyed the afternoon social sessions each week at the Turnor Arms in Wragby.
When prize bingo was held at East Barkwith village hall she attended and also helped out at social and fundraising events held in the village.
She was popular with her neighbours on Willingham Road and in particular with the children as she always had some treats for them and at Hallowe’en prepared goodie bags.
Gradually as her health deteriorated Alice needed extra support from her family and her carers until she was unable to cope at home any longer and she moved to Tanglewood, where she was looked after during the last few months of her life.
There was a request for family flowers only at her funeral service at Lincoln Crematorium, but donations could be made to Tanglewood Healthcare to benefit the Tanglewood Residents Fund, as her family appreciated all they had done through activities to help stimulate Alice during her time there. Family and friends filled the crematorium for the service when the Rev David Post officiated and gave the eulogy and her favourite hymn ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ was sung. Family mourners were: Grace Clark (sister); Sid and Joyce Ward (brother and sister-in-law, unable to attend due to ill health; Marilyn Clark (niece); Yvonne Wilson (also representing Chris Wilson, Tristan Wilson and Christopher Wilson, nieces and nephews); Melvyn and Debbie Clark, Phillipa Clark, Nick and Maxine Gibson, Hannah Pawson, Kayleigh Pawson, Marie Clark (also representing Dale Clark, Barry and Carol Garbutt); Andrea Clark Emmerson, Michael and Doreen Thackeray, Maureen Miles (also representing Mr and Mrs A Miles and families), Malcolm Thackeray and Doreen and families, Melvyn and Christine Garbutt and Helen and Ian Holden and families; David and Katherine Gaunt, Irene Hornsey (also representing Stuart, Janet and Families); Roger and Gillian Bull (also representing Kath Hill, sister-in-law); Keith Lewin, Brian Burnett, John and Jean Hoyes, Ann and John Blakey and David and Joanna Hunter (nephews and nieces); Martin Pawson, Vicki Hearsey and Janet Ward. Friends present were: Audrey South (also representing Pete and the family); Denis and Jean Brader (also representing Rosarie Wright and family); Rachel Laughton (also representing Roy Laughton and family); John Brader; Ruth Brader; Barbara Elton; Sheila Selby; Ian and Sally Selby; Bill and Sheila Minns; Richard Stamp; Graham Mowbray; Yvonne Bryson; Mary Jordan and Alice Hodgson.