THE funeral of Doreen Gilbert, of Wood Road, King’s Cliffe, took place at Marholm Crematorium, following a service of thanksgiving for her life at St James and All Saint’s Church, King’s Cliffe, the Rev P Davies officiating.
Mrs Gilbert died at her home, aged 80.
She was born in Southport, Lancashire, and moved to King’s Cliffe in 1956. Her skills as a high class tailoress were soon put to good use making clothes for her family and local people. Many a local bride walked down the aisle in a Doreen Gilbert creation.
With her beautiful singing voice, she was always a hit with the neighbours on washday, as she sang while doing her chores.
As a mother she also helped and served many local charities, and was a long-term member of the Middle School PFA, helping to raise funds by running whist drives, organising dinner dances and she also made the curtains for the school hall.
Her determined spirit shone through to the end, reflecting the amazing lady she was.
Family mourners included: Doug and Chris Gilbert, Christopher Gilbert, Janet and Angelo Vacca, Howard Vacca, Alison and Emma, John and Sonia Watkins, Joshua, Samuel and Susannah Watkins, Bev and John Hughes (representing Robert and Helen, Fiona, Neal, Cloe and Jay), Dawn Brace, Tony Fountain, Damien and Lea Bailey, Kylie and Anthony Malthouse (Sophie and Lauren), Gregh Bailey (Sarah Thwaites), Kevin Brace, Kay Blackbourne, Lesley Kisiel, Ted Jackson, Ian Kisiel and Leanne Garley (Joseph and Sophie), Richard Kisiel, Zoe Botterill, Sarah Kisiel and Dean Down (Oliver Down), Lucy Kisiel, Stephen Kisiel, Louise and Tony Smith, Paul Smith (Alison and Madalyn Smith), Lianne Smith, Phillip Smith, Cheryl Gilbert, Anne-Marie Gilbert, Mike Dickinson, Graham Bill, Andrew Bill (Claire Bill), Thomas and Jacob Bill, Kathryn and Steve Crutchley, Gail Crutchley.
Sympathisers included: Ronald Smith (Roma Smith), Steven Smith, Janet Emery, Ian, Merse, Jordan Harvey, Katy Sellars, Lily and Herbert Watkins, Maureen Bird (Gilbert and Hazel Markley), Carol El-Dakroni, Sandra Britten (Gladys Giddings), Tracey Sharpe (Anita Coles), June Ford, Kate Ibotson, Dianne Harris, Rachel Jackson, Mark and Cheryl Scott (Alfie, Rosie and Charlie), Rene Giddings, Edna Harper, Pauline Giddings, Clive Giddings, Barbara Headland (Chris and Richard Lattimore), Tilly Headland (Scott and Andrew Duell, Malcolm Hurcombe), Hilde (Schultze family).
Tom and Margaret Dytham, Dawn Robinson (Gladys Blake), Dulcie Broughton (Sonny and family), Vivien and Ray Giddings, Rosemary Woolf (family, Fleur Pearson) and Daphne Batty (Caroline Lee).