SYLVIA Smith, of Gerrard Court, Uppingham, died at Rutland Memorial Hospital, aged 94.
She was the eldest daughter of William and Alice Clarke, and was raised and educated with her four brothers and four sisters in Lyddington until going into service at the age of 14 at Stoke Dry.
Sylvia met Arthur Smith and they were married in 1937 and settled in Lyddington until they moved to Uppingham in 1953 with their daughters Pauline and Doreen.
Three years later Stephen was born in Uppingham where she spent her time as a housewife raising her three children and later working at Uppingham School.
Her favourite pastimes were touring the British Isles with the family in their caravan, knitting, gardening, reading, playing bingo and watching snooker on TV.
The funeral service took place at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Uppingham, the Rev Ian Watts officiating.
Widow of Arthur she leaves her daughter Doreen, son Stephen, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Her daughter Pauline and grandson Michael predeceased her.
Family mourners included: Doreen and John Cowling, Stephen Smith and Vivien Gray, Christine and Phil Betts, Susan Machin and Nigel, Anna and Nathan Hodgkin, Angela and Mick Kendrick, Sandra Alexander (representing Graham, Mark and Robert Alexander), Shirley and Mark Barnett (Violet Petchnik), Andrew and Emma Cowling, Kelly Smith, Will Fletcher, Marie Smith, Dave Corah, Chris Gray and Gail Hobbs (Michael Gray), Lydia Betts (Stacey Betts), Martin Bennett, Rachel Bennett and James, Amy Barnet and Steve Redman, Megan Barnett, Sam Cowling (Jack and Ella Cowling), Charles Clarke and family.
Sympathisers included: Bernard Hoctor (Pamela Miller), Josie Fruin, Judy Berridge (Marcia and Jo), Maddy Hunter, Jackie Smith, Mrs K Buzzard, Anne and Marcelle Gamston (Eric Gamston), John Clarke, Marion Clarke (Joseph Clarke, Megan Clarke), Marian and Colin Smith (Joyce Rogers), Mrs L Haynes, Mrs D Mason, Mrs E Clifton, Jean and Philip Rogan, Michael Clarke (Mary Clarke, Pam Herne), Kath and Ron Orson (Simon and Gill Gamston), Cissie Schulz (Pip Dexter), Val Dalby (Gail McGrath, Spire Homes), Janet Christian and family (Audrey Litchfield, Betty Lawson), Ann Logue (Mrs R Smith), Dawn Anderson, Beverley Bartsch (Evelyn Hudson), Philip Smith (Karen Smith), sheila Smith, Alfie and Sheila Barnett, David Baines.