THE funeral service for Fay Beard, of Gloucester Road, Stamford, took place at Christ Church, Stamford, the Rev Peter Hart officiating. Interment followed at Marholm.
Mrs Beard died at her home, with her children by her side, aged 75.
Born in Ketton, she was the daughter of Jack and Bertha Thompson, and only weighed 2lb. After surviving being such a small baby, Fay went on to have eight children of her own.
Throughout her life she was a caring person and dedicated her life to looking after others as a carer, while still looking after her own children. If she ever heard of a baby being born there was always a blanket to be knitted.
For the last three years Fay struggled with health problems and spent time in and out of hospital. During her stays in hospital she was greatly missed by friends and neighbours, passers by would always look for her standing at the kitchen window, to give a friendly wave.
Sadly in December her health deteriorated and she was cared for by her family with support from Marie Curie nurses.
Widow of Clifford Beard, she leaves her children Tracie, Wendy, John, Julie, Mark, Jimmy, June and Iris.
Family mourners included: Wendy Kaya, Tracie Beard, Jak Rennie, Julie, Lindsey, Wayne and Louise Sheppard, June Tucker, Peter and David, Mark, Mandy, Lee and Gemma Jackson, John, Sandra, Alex, Anna, Jimmy, Morag, Penny, Michael and Lisa, Doug and Pam Thompson, Vera Burwell (representing Iris Fountain).
Sympathisers included: Suleyman Kaya, Mick Sismore, Alyx Ball, Gemma Suffling, Vicky Palmer, Cheryl Matthews, Diane and Charlie Arch, Denise Chick-Holland, Jazmin Chick, Lisa Gorman (Jonathan Harris), Rachel Cummings (Jade and Abi Cummings), Pat and Eric Thompson, Enid Smith, Mr E Jones (family), Diane Claricoates (Tracie Davis), Averill Rate (Langley Clay), Shirley Beard, Sandra Peck (Angela Graham and family), Jackie Baxter (family), Sam Smalley, Betty Smalley, Tracy Smalley, Ruth Lock, Henry and rosemary Jackson (Mrs Dalrimple and Colin), J Bradford, P Jackson and Karen, Claire MaCartney and family, Sylvia Earl (Molly Steele), Margaret Shilhan (Darren), Sonia Shilton, Peter Jackson, Christine Brown (Keith Brown and family), Peggy Spooner, Junior Cahill (family), Kelvin and Karen Mason (Benm and Jay Mason), Stephen Taylor, Ray and Teresa Burrows, Hazel Cotterill, Pam Shields, Jean Cadogan, Anne Reeve, Paddy Moore, Harold and Sylvia Harrison, Rev Jane Calderin, Oliver Ross, Kath Heyden-Dale.