Obituary: Alice Papworth

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Alice Papworth died at Abbey Court Care Home, Bourne, aged 86.

The funeral service took place at Dyke Baptist Chapel, the Rev David Hughes officiating. A reading and eulogy was given by friend of more than 50 years, Alan Schofield.

Born in Darwen, Lancashire, Alice was the second daughter of the late John and Martha Almond and on leaving school she worked in the mills in the Rochdale area.

During the war she was proud to ‘do her bit’ making machine parts on a Capstan lathe. It was in this textile producing area that she met her future husband Frank at the age of 18 and they were married for nearly 63 years. They had three sons, and in 1960 the family moved to Watford.

In 1966 Alice moved with her family to Baston, where she continued to bring up her family. Outside of her duties as a devoted wife and mother (later grandmother and great grandmother) she was a devoted Christian and attended Baston Church.

More recently when she moved to Bourne she worshipped at Morton and Dyke. Besides her religious commitments, Alice helped run Baston over 65s club and meals on wheels. She also served as a governor at Baston Primary School and was a keen member of the village WI. Latterly she joined Nubourne WI and along with her husband, Bourne Garden Club. Another of Alice’s passions was walking her dogs.

She leaves her widower Frank and sons Paul, David and Andrew.

Family mourners included: Frank Papworth (widower), Paul and Ros Papworth, Clare Papworth, David and Barbara Papworth, Ruth Papworth, Rachel Papworth, Matthew and Katie Papworth (representing Evie Papworth), Andrew and Sandra Papworth, Daniel Papworth, Sam Papworth, Nigel and Louise Papworth, Eva Coope, Jason and Clare Coope, Joan and David McVinnie.

Sympathisers included: Val Brown, Marjorie Marple (BFM Chapel of the Opened Book), Barry Marple (BFM, BPT), Mr and Mrs James Patterson, Anne Woolley (Jeff and family, Bourne Garden Club), Carmen Hull, Ruth Maltby (family), Joan Phillips (Pam Day, Mary Flatters, Baston WI), Ken and Joan Davis, Rosie Hughes and Doreen Funnell (Dyke Baptist Church), Jean Galloway (Roland Galloway, Nubourne WI), Marion Wallhead (Heather Mosdell), Susan Hadfield (Bourne Garden Club), Meg and Peter Jungman, Nichola Wells, Norman and Jean Fowler, P Walker, C Walker, Alan Schofield, Sheila Schofield (Preston Fellowship), Michael and Ping Garstang (Chapel of the Open Book), George Broughton (Gillian and Diane and Graham Stabler), Paul Webster (family), John Wass (Linda Wass), Graham and Sandra Kirk (Emma and Tim), Rodney and Carol Fox (Graham and Helen Fox), Doug Dear, Terry and Brenda Birkenshaw, John and Sue Barker, Eileen Schofield, Bernard and Grace Chase, Ray and Grace Fuller, Mrs Z Astley, Maurice Briggs, Annabel Marshall (Abbey Court Care Home), Audrey and Jack Simmons, John Gresham, Rita Masters, Chris and Delna Barrett, Alex and Iresha Barrett.