Queenie Spink

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The funeral service for Queenie Spink, aged 89 of Tealby, was held at All Saints’ Church. She had lived all her life in Lincolnshire.

Queenie Ford was born in Hope Cottage Swaby on June 13 1925 to Annie and Arthur Ford, an egg and poultry dealer.

She attended Swaby Primary School and won a scholarship to Louth Grammar School, following which she enrolled at Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste College for teacher training.

After qualifying, she taught at East Kirkby and Miningsby County School, and later at St Michael’s School in Louth.

On Christmas Eve 1950, she married Tom Spink at Swaby Church and the couple set up home, initially in Horncastle.

After raising two sons, she returned to teaching, firstly at Belchford and then as headmistress at Scamblesby, a post she held for 13 years.

Her final teaching post was at Boston Staniland Infant School, whilst Tom was a lecturer at Boston College. Queenie and Tom retired to Tealby in 1982 and continued practicing their Christian faith in their new parish. Queenie joined the church choir and was the organist for many church services.

She was also a WI member and a founder member of the Market Rasen and District Choral Society.

She raised money for the Lincolnshire Old Churches Trust by taking part in their sponsored cycle rides, raising more than £8,000 over an 18-year period.

Queenie was widowed in 2003 after 52 years of marriage, but she maintained her positive outlook on life and continued to enjoy an active retirement.

She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Principal mourners were: Michael Spink; Peter Spink; Ivor Timms; Marie Dellow; Jenni West.

Family mourners were: Edna Ford; David Ford; Jane Banks (also rep Susan Kirton and family); Louise Davies; Pat Spink; Graham Spink; Jan and Mick Smith.

Friends present included: Diana Williams (also rep Mr and Mrs J Roach; Mr and Mrs Wallace); Mrs Oglesby (also rep Michael); Jean Jones (also rep Bob and Nancy Mitchell); Ren and Margaret Reed; Joe and Carol Magrin; Jessie and Ian Mawer; Clare Chatterton (also rep Will Chatterton); Colin Farmery; Bill Crymble; Margaret Alleston; Becky Shilling; David and Andrea Oldroyd; Graham White (also rep Mr and Mrs S Bryant); Audrey Wilson (also rep John Wilson); Helen Robinson (also rep Turbin; governors of Scamblesby School); Margaret Smith; Jill Robson (also rep Duncan Robson; Bess Scott Gunn); Dick Woodcock (also rep Pam Woodcock); Mr and Mrs J Hoyles; Margaret Brant; Mavis and Ian Brady; Mary Walker (also rep Philip); Moira Galloway; Sarah Tyson; Andrea and Brian Doyle (also rep Vera Hankins; Cynthia’s Hairdressers); David and Elizabeth Speirs); Mr and Mrs Dodd (also rep Sallie Timms; Enid Ackrill; Roy and Barbara Ackrill); Mike and Wendy Chatterton (also rep Marion and Dave McLeavy); Carl and Jackie Raybould (also rep The Coach & Horses, Faldingworth); Ian and Linda Coates; Lyn Fraser-Smith; Hilda and Jenny Bosworth; Mrs H Mortimer; Mrs B Warman (also rep David Paton); June Humphrey; sally Graham (also rep all partners and staff at Jossals); Choral Society - Jean Woodward, Thea Hogg, Mary Etchel, Enid Fowler, Karen Gramson, Liz Carr, Jan Burgess (also rep Michael Burgess), Val Hodge, Sue Oglesby, Angela Davies, Midge Thomas, Cathy Turner, Gwen Bain, Kenneth Doig.

The service was conducted by the Rev John Carr and the funeral directors were J Marshall of Market Rasen.