Obituary: Barbara Burns

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Barbara Burns

THE funeral service for Barbara Burns, of Cold Overton Road, Oakham, took place at Marholm Crematorium, the Rev Russell Parker officiating. Donations of £650 were made in lieu of flowers to the British Heart Foundation and EMIC’s.

Barbara died at Addenbrookes Intensive Care Unit, surrounded by her family.

Born in Adwick le Street, Doncaster, in 1939, to Reginald and Hilda Robinson, she was the eldest of three children. Barbara met her future husband, Clive, at the age of 5yrs when she moved to Askern Doncaster. She attended Doncaster Technical High School for Girls and on leaving school started work as a secretary at Westfields Removal firm in the town, where she became ‘one of the family’.

Barbara married Clive, her childhood sweetheart in 1960, and they had a son and three daughters. Due to Clive’s job they moved in 1977 to Oakham. In 1979 Barbara achieved her childhood ambition of going into nursing by working as a nursing assistant at Rutland Memorial Hospital, Oakham. She later returned to secretarial work, finishing at Simpson and Wallace Builders, retiring later due to ill health.

Sadly, in 1981 her only son Ian died in a car accident after just completing the Fellman’s hike in North Yorkshire.

Barbara spent many happy hours with her grandchildren Paul, Andrew, Hannah, Katharine, Caitlyn and Erin on day trips, holidays and teaching them to bake cakes.

She was well-known locally for producing chutneys and pickles, which she happily gave away to friends.

While living in Peterborough, she became involved with the Girl Guide movement and continued this interest when she moved to Oakham, forming the 1st Oakham Methodist Guide unit with her daughter Carole, and the first Rainbow Guide unit in Oakham, helped by her daughters Alison and Sally. When Barbara’s health forced her to give this up, she joined the Trefoil Guild which she enjoyed for a number of years.

Barbara enjoyed attending the methodist church and made many friends there. Her hobbies included writing to pen friends, reading, embroidery, baking and recently learning to use a computer.

Barbara and Clive celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 2010 with family and friends. She welcomed her son-in-laws, Paul, Bryn and Nick into the family, and they would gather on Boxing Day each year to celebrate together. Her daughters described her as their ‘best friend’, and she instilled in them the value of ‘family’.

Barbara will be sadly missed by all who knew her and will leave a large hole in the family, but also leaves them with happy memories.