It was with such sadness that family, friends and neighbours heard of the death of Joyce Bratton who passed away at Lincoln County Hospital.
Joyce, widow, was born on August 29, 1933 at Linwood and grew up there with her parents and the late brothers Hedley, Jim and Ken and surviving brother Brian.
She attended Market Rasen Junior School and Market Rasen High School, moving onto college to study short-hand and typing.
There were so many happy memories from that time when she had a lovely social life, most of which was spent in Wragby.
Joyce was a keen and very competent darts player – in those times before darts was popular with women.
Her first job was as a farm secretary, but it was not long before she found out that she could earn more money on the land, working in the Market Rasen area.
At that time a lodger, Tom, came to reside with the family and he and Joyce became very close and on July 9, 1955 they were married at All Saints Church in Wragby.
For a short time, they made their home at Bell Cottage in East Barkwith.
Tom worked at the former Wragby Plastics on the Bardney Road and was also a retained fireman.
Joyce supported him in the demanding and often dangerous role he had for 25 years, remembering the time he attended the Flixborough disaster.
After a short time in Queen Elizabeth’s Street, Tom and Joyce moved into number 45 Hansards Drive in 1958 – a newly built house where they remained.
At that time there were only two cars on the estate!
Together they built a happy home for their family - sons David and Neil, and daughter Sandra.
The area was a very close knit community with young families growing up together and supporting each other.
Christmas times and holidays were so special with so much fun to be had.
Friendships were formed and with children attending Sunday school and being members of the Church choir, Joyce and her friend Joyce were confirmed at All Saints Church with Sandra (daughter) and her friend Joyce.
Employment was at Wragby Plastics on the evening shift, the Corn Dolly and also at the Wragby Fish and Chip Shop with friend Joyce
Community work was so important to Joyce and she was a great supporter of the Wragby Town Hall events and became a “marathon mince-pie maker” sometimes baking over 200 pies for special events.
She, along with her dearest friend the late Barbara Brothwell, raised a great deal of funds for cancer research – just from Friday night garden parties. It was amazing.
Sadly her husband Tom suffered a series of strokes at a relatively early age and Joyce learnt to drive so she could take him out.
She cared for him with devotion for 12 years and was very sad when he finally passed away. However, she devoted her time to the family and her work in the community.
For over 50 years she ran the Town Hall Bingo until ill health took over and she then became a supporter to Kathy Lowe and Pat Steel, simply because she needed to know what was going on?
The service of thanksgiving for the life of Joyce Bratton was held at All Saints Church, officiated by the Rev Mark Holden. Arrangements were made by Marshalls of Market Rasen.
Family mourners were: David Bratton (son); Neil and Wendy Bratton (son and daughter-in-law); Sandra and David Laking (daughter and son–in–law); Ben and Suzy Laking (grandson and wife); Daniel Bratton and Hannah Bye (grandson and partner); Luke Bratton (grandson); Brian and Ann Lingard (brother and sister-in-law); Steven and Carole Lingard (niece and nephew); Carol Wilkins (niece), and her daughter Laura Wilkins; Jean and Ralph Cooling , Janet Cooling (cousins).
Other mourners: Bob Clark; Andrea Ward (also representing Anny Buffham); Dorothy Warr; Janet Carpenter (also representing the Lowe family); Kathy Lowe (also representing the Wragby Town Hall; Trevor Lowe and Brendan Murphy); Pat Steel (also representing the Murphy and Steel family); Pat and Colin Green; Christine Kinnell; Mrs Segasby (also representing the family); Russ and Sue Millson (also representing Stefan Millson); Eileen Espying (also representing Jane Nutting); Roy Sylvester (also representing Alison Sylvester); Sue Whittaker (also representing Jack Whittaker); Andrew and Fiona Blackburn; Elisa Blackburn; Jean Lomas; Marie Clark; Tom Finnegan (also representing Ian and Lesley Fabriss; Suzzane and Sylvia Loman and family); Stuart Loman; Janet Varley; Jean Williams (also representing Brenda Bodily and the family); Mr and Mrs Cooling; Kevin Githerns; Jenny Smith (also representing Natasha and Anouska and the Short family, Shortcakes); Graham Osborne; Tressa Machin (also representing Mark and Kylie; Veronica Ewington (also representing Dave Ewington).