RETIRED secretary and school bursar, Rachael Pope, died at Chater Lodge Care Home, Ketton, aged 100.
Daughter of Mr A and Mrs M Pope, she was educated at Stamford High School and Mrs Hoster’s Secretarial College, London. As a child Rachael suffered many painful operations on her ankles, wearing calipers for most of her childhood.
She worked as a secretary and personal assistant to Prof Richie Russel and with the Red Cross service from 1941 to 1958.
She attended Ketton Church and was a member of the Mothers’ Union and Darby and Joan Club.
A talented cello player, she also enjoyed playing tennis, golf and painting in watercolours.
The funeral service took place at St Mary the Virgin Church, Ketton, the Rev Andrew Rayment officiating.
Family mourners included: David Pope, Susan Allan, Stuart Allan, Dan Pope, Judie Pope, Mrs Joanna Clifton, Mr T Clifton, Charlotte Loft, Mr P Loft, Mrs Deborah Sweeney, Margaret Davidson (representing Penelope Ancuter), Matthew Pope (Deborah Tait, Rebecca Smith), Mr Richard Clifton (Johnathan Clifton, Caroline Leonard, Mr A Leonard, Elizabeth Harris, Mr T Harris, Eleanor Woolcott, Mr J Woolcott.
Sympathisers included: the Rev Malcolm and Mrs Sheila Saunders (Coun Barrie Roper), Pleasance Burrows, Pip Webster (Bob Webster, Paul and Lili Ridgway), Sheena Smith, Peter and Pat Bisseker, Anne McQuiston, Mrs Ellie Robertshaw, Barbara Mitchell, Honor Harris, Rev Robert and Mrs Shirley Chesterton, Christine Ockenden (Margaret Ward), Diana Gladstone (Philip Gladstone), Marion Kelham (Ketton Methodist Church and Darby and Joan), Jack and Gill Borland, Eileen Hodgkin (Mothers’ Union, Betty Stevens), Diana Dunford, Geoffrey Turner (Katherine Turner), Andy Durrant (Chater Lodge Care Home), Mrs Jose Fox, Mrs Julia Freeman, Val Hart (Nic Hart).