Jean Kiely, formerly of Caithness Road, Stamford, died at Whitefriars Care Home, Stamford, after a long battle with vascular dementia.
Jean was born on February 1 1930 in Swayfield, the fourth of four children and attended Swayfield and later Corby Glen schools. On leaving school at the age of 15 she went to work at Counthorpe Lodge Farm becoming milkmaid, and later delivering the milk to surrounding villages.
Family and friends will remember Jean for her loving and caring nature and her lovely smile and welcoming manner who was always concerned for others.
She attended Castle Bytham Methodist Church where she met her future husband, Ron, and was also the scorer for their cricket team.
She married in 1954 and moved to the country between Ketton and North Luffenham.
She had two daughters, Christine and Gillian and the family moved to Stamford in 1965 where they joined Stamford Free Church. Here the family formed strong links with various missionaries, both local and international.
In 1981 they became founder members of the Open Christian Fellowship which met in the Stamford Arts Centre before attending St George’s Church where she was a member of the Edmunds Close Bible Study Group.
Sadly Jean was diagnosed with vascular dementia and when the disease took over she moved to live at Whitefriars in 2008.
She leaves her husband Ron Kiely, daughters Christine Parker and Gillian Lomas, and grandchildren Emily Wilson and Simon Parker.
The funeral service took place at Peterborough Crematorium followed by a celebration of her life at St Georges Church, the Rev Martyn Taylor officiating. John Chambers was organist.
Family mourners included: Ron Kiely, Christine and Richard Parker, Gillian and Andy Lomas, Emily and Tom Wilson, Simon Parker, Kathleen Broadbent, Di McCreath, Peter Kiely (representing Elsie and Pete Kiely), Lynda and Andrew Wilson (Val and Ray Clarke) Dennis Kiely (Dennis’s mum Jean Kiely), Sylvia and Eric Rawlings (Doreen, Hugh and Families), Pat Holburn.
Sympathisers included: Hilda Parker, Huw and Sue Williams (Claire and Andrew) Alastair Summers (Carol Summers), Sandra Baker (Vic Baker), Mary Rowell, Sue Lane (Barry Lane), Brian Lane, The Reverend John and Mrs Anne Batty, Joe Perduno, Mary Perduno, Cyril and Dorothy Colbert (Shirley Grayson), Brian Appleyard, Tony and Gail Liquorish, Gillian Cramp (Ray Cramp), Jackie Joyce, Suzanne Joyce and Caroline Fisher, Stella and Alan Barter (The Barter Family), Robert and Sally Shaw, (Mrs Jenny Nicholls), Lily Battye, Jean Wilson, Mandy Cant (Nick Cant, Enid Overland, Carol and Tony Hallam).
Liz Boldeaston (St. George’s Ministry Team), Margaret Chirico (St. George’s Church Community Ministry Team), Anne Stevenson, Sydney Crook (Mildred Crook and Family), Jean Swann, Pamela Halsey and Lionel Atton (Robert and Mavis Sewell), Valerie Wallace, Jenny Burton, Sarah Daffern Turner (Whitefriar’s Care Home), Trevor Kirk (Housegroup), Keith and Christine Barwell (Irene Stride), Mandy Grierson (David Grierson), Linda Ireson (Richard Ireson), Marie Caston (Mark Caston), Margaret and Edward Husbands.