Obituary: Enid (Penny) Graham

Penny Graham
Penny Graham

The funeral service for Enid (Penny) Graham, aged 96 years of Market Rasen, was held at Lincoln Crematorium.

Sandra Barker officiated at the service and arrangements were by J Marshall of Market Rasen.

Penny was born at Scholes, near Leeds.

Her father was a cabinet maker and also ran a smallholding, where Penny grew up with her parents and younger brother Raymond.

She talked of mixed memories of the smallholding; one of her jobs as a child was to feed the chickens, but she didn’t look forward to it as she was usually butted and knocked over by one of her father’s billy goats.

She also remembered having to rescue her mother from the chicken run after Raymond had locked her in.

Penny enjoyed school and was a bright girl.

She won a scholarship to Leeds Girls’ Grammar School and later gained a place at Bingley Teacher Training College.

Penny started her teaching career in Nottingham, where she met Gordon - a Captain in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War and later an architect - and they married in 1945.

They had three daughters and lived in West Bridgford, near Nottingham, moving eventually to Priory Road, where they shared their home with Penny’s retired parents.

After retiring from teaching, Penny moved to Market Rasen in 1983 to be near two of her daughters and five grandchildren. She loved her new house in Lady Frances Drive and spent many hours over the years decorating, as well as creating a beautiful garden.

One of her greatest pleasures was playing games in the garden with her grandchildren, and later her five great-grandchildren.

Penny moved to The Poplars in 2008, where she spent her final years.

Family mourners were: Judith Graham (daughter); Chrissie and Robin Conybeare (daughter and son-in-law); Deborah Green (daughter); Lee and Mark Merrifield, Eve and Jamie Clarke (granddaughters and husbands); Ben Connybeare, Simon Green (grandsons); Jonathan and Elizabeth Green (grandson and wife).

Friends at the service were: Keith and Carolyn Hughes; Sheila Pickering (also rep The Poplars); Dennis Cotton (also rep the residents of The Poplars).