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The Willows Care Home in Rippingale to hold memorial tribute to Ivy Southern who died without a family

When Ivy Southern died at a care home near Bourne, she had no family to attend her funeral.

The 88 year-old had lived at The Willows Care Home in Rippingale since 2014, but was never visited by a family member or friends.

Sadly, her funeral service was attended by just four people - all members of staff at The Willows who had cared for her during her final years.

Ivy Southern
Ivy Southern

Now, in a bid to pay tribute to Ivy’s life - although little is known of it - a memorial service is being held at the care home today (Friday) at 1.45pm, when a bench will be dedicated to her memory in the garden, and some new plants put in.

The memorial service is open to residents of Rippingale and anyone else who might like to come along to pay their last respects.

“When Tracy, our care home manager, and three other staff members went to Ivy’s funeral, they were really upset that they were the only people there,” said The Willows owner, Roop Nahil.

Ivy Southern
Ivy Southern

“It was Tracy who organised the funeral and registered Ivy’s death. Ivy had no family, but staff at The Willows were like a little family to her during the time she was here.”

The Willows is at 74 Station Street, Rippingale.

A donations page has also been set up to raise £300 for the bench and plants and can be found by searching for ‘The Willows Care Home’ on JustGiving or on Facebook.

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