GILLIAN (Gill) Mears, of Parkfield Road, Ryhall, died at her home, aged 75.
She was the youngest of six children born to Tich and Dorothy Bull and thought the world of her brothers.
Gill attended Ryhall and Casterton Schools and on leaving school worked at Bennett’s sweet factory, Stamford. She then went on to work for Stamford Hospital, Casterton Nursing Home and St George’s Nursing Home.
Gill met Peter at the age of 15, and married him when she was 18. Their married life began at Ryhall, where their first daughter, Janet, was born, followed by Teresa, Jonathan and Patrina. They were married for 58 happy years.
As the family grew up they enjoyed caravan holidays throughout the UK. In later years they went on numerous holidays abroad including Australia, Italy, Majorca, Tenerife and the Canary Islands. Gill was a keen gardener and fond lover of dogs and birds.
An excellent cook she was well-known for her stew and dumplings.
Gill was a brave, strong and courageous lady. She was hard working, loving and a rock and soul mate to Peter. She was a loving and caring mother, sister and grandmother and great grandmother to her family and enjoyed sharing their lives.
In her illness she was brave, strong and never really showed how much pain she was in. Gill was determined to continue and live her life to the full.
The funeral service took place at St John’s Church, Ryhall, the Rev Paddy McKee officiating.
Family mourners included: Peter Mears (widower), Mr and Mrs M Bagley, Mrs T Mason, Mr D Mason, Mr and Mrs J Mears, Mrs P Ranft, Mr P Harrison, Mr N Bull, Mr and Mrs V Bull, Mr A Bagley, Miss J Bagley, Mr P Bailey (representing Miss G Bailey), Mr W Mears, Mr J Mears, Miss J Ranft, Mr D Mason, Mr L Bagley, Miss C Bailey, Miss T Ellis (children and Steven), Mr D Mears, Mr and Mrs C Arden, Mr and Mrs C Miller, Mr and Mrs G Bull, Miss J Bull, Mr and Mrs S Moncaster, Mr and Mrs I Bull (James and Michelle), Mr and Mrs K Bull, Miss A Bull (Simon, Amanda and family), Mr W Bull, Mr V Bull, Mr G Bull, Mr and Mrs D Palmer (Mrs P Wheatcroft), Mr and Mrs A Mears, Miss G Mears (Miss S Mears).
Sympathisers included: Miss J Turner, Mrs C Butcher, Mr and Mrs P Couzens, Mrs K Leaman, Mrs M Downes, Mrs T Powis, Mr and Mrs R Bailey, Mrs A Lambert, Mrs C Seamer (Tracy Parker, Lee Ward), Mrs P McHugh, Claire Dexter, Mr and Mrs A Baxter, Miss L Baxter, Mrs D Rowe, Mrs R Alexander, Mrs G Constable, Scilla Campbell (Birch family), Mr F Hogg (Mrs P Hogg), Mr D Eldred (Mrs J Eldred), Mr and Mrs D Christian (Donna and Paul Altham, Lorna and Bryan Ketteringham), Mr R Gilbert, Mr W Tilley, Mrs P Burnt, Oliver and Gregory (Mr M Burnt), Mr and Mrs D Freeman, Mrs V Hooper (Martin Hooper), Mr S Maltby (Mrs J Maltby, Stuart and Becca), Mrs P Boor (Kevin, Rebecca and Katie), Mr and Mrs M Macpherson, Miss W Jibb, Mrs M Dawkins (Jibb family), Miss J Hubbard, Miss B Haynes (Di and Ted Haynes), Kay Thompson, Mrs C Hallam (Mr D Hallam), Mr and Mrs M Hardbord, Mrs D Kettle (Mary Fawns), Dr C Fitt (St Mary’s Medical Centre), Mrs M Briggs, Mr and Mrs Charity, Mrs K Frost, Mr L Griffin, Mrs J Bradrick (Malcolm and Leann), Mr and Mrs Rawlings, Mr B Gaffrey, Mr and Mrs R Stubbs, Doreen Stokes (Jean Woodbridge, Ida Fox), Mrs C Bradbury (Andrew and Katherine), Miss L Reeve (Ian Naylor and family), Mrs A Reeve, Jane Collins (Anna Spain), Avery Woods (Eric and sons Duncan, Roger and Bruce), Mr and Mrs W Brader (family), Marzie Crane (family), Thelma Hallam (Ron, Jasmine and Josh), Mr A Freeman, Mr F Alexander (Shaun), Stella Smith (John Smith), Mr and Mrs N Sutcliffe, Mr and Mrs W Bagley, Neil Alexander, Mr K Popple, Mrs W Peck, Mrs M Taylor (church warden).