THE funeral service for Edith (Bette) Steele, of Emlyn Gardens, Stamford, took place at All Saints’ Church, Stamford, the Rev Mark Warrick officiating.
Bette died at her home, aged 72.
She was born in Birmingham and was the daughter of the late Ted and Edith Steele and sister to the late John Steele and Ellen Farmer.
Bette spent her early school years at a convent school for girls in Preston, returning to be with the family during school holidays, as they were travelling showmen. Eventually the family settled in Stamford and she finished her education at the Fane School, Stamford. During her working life she had several jobs, including working at Rutland Water while under construction, Casseloids of Stamford and Firths of Bourne, before taking on a carer role with Stamford Home Care Services, which took her up to her retirement.
An avid bingo player from an early age, she often travelled to other towns to play, but most memorably locally at Lansbury Hall (now Newage Social Club) and Central on Broad Street, Stamford.
During retirement Bette enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
A much loved mother and grandmother, she will be sadly missed by all the family and always in their thoughts.
Family mourners included: Edward Stringer, Melanie Sharpe, Stacey Stringer, Matt Branson, Whitney Stringer, Jordy Houghton, Marilyn Gray, Matt Gray, Simone Gray, Cody Gray, Maxine Lloyd, Steve Lloyd, Ashley Chiverton, Danielle Lemmon, Ian Chiverton, Charlie Robertson, Joan and Carl Steele (representing Emma Steele), Ian Steele (Sue, Duncan and Frances Steele), Bob Steele (Molly Steele), Richard and Christine Gray, Frank Stringer, Jim and Hilda Sharpe.
Sympathisers included: Barbara and Bernard Tyers (Wendi and family), Di Cooper (Ford family), Tex Ford (Paula Ford), Mary and Nick Latimer, Mrs D Thornton, Mark Evans, Carol and Barry Britten (family), Sandra and Terry Britten (Maryann and Colin Woods), Joyce Wheatley (Irene Spencer, Gill Davies and Margaret), Mary Rudkin (Eric Rudkin), Michael and Val Bryan (Gladys Bryan), Mrs W Thomas (Mr J Thomas), Jane Meadows (Gary and family), Shirley Cross (Mr Cross, Carol and Bob Gardiner), Joan and Sharon Askew (family), June and Terry Griffin, Shaun Murphy (Kath and Shaun Murphy), Sue Taylor (Ian Taylor and family, Justin and Ben Taylor), Freda Pittman, Maria Pozella (Ted Taylor and family), Josephine Tyler, Ellen Hardie, Jeanette Chisholm, Teresa Gibbons (David Gibbons), Susan McCole (Ken McCole), Sybil Wright (Bernard and Elsie), Michael and Diana Clark, Kath Egan, Michelle Rudkin (Brenda Rudkin), Tracy Hughes (Jean and Pete Holland), Linda Bowskill, Nicky Gibson (Andy Graham), June Roberts (Paul Roberts), Diane Downs, Pauline Brown, Tracey Bennett (Craig, Ashley and Liam), Julie and Paul Childe-Freeman (Luke and Ivana), Steve Taylor (Gillian Taylor and family), Linda Britten (family), Jack and Judy Manton, Amy Chai, Enid Smith, Sylvia Earl (Margaret Shillington, Claire MaCartney, Chris Bell and Rachel Oliver (Thomas and Jake Bell), Barbara Rauchfleisch, Wayne Rauchfleisch, Laura Rawden, Spencer Campbell (Carla Campbell), Shaun and Tracey Maguire, Mary Turner Cantwell (Turner and Cantwell families). Josephine Regis Turner (Turner and Regis families), G H Steel, J P Steele, Martin Engel (Victoria Woodward), Christine Leigh (Tim, Craig, Thomas and Thelma Niessen), Mrs Pat Wheeler (Eileen Grassby, Nicky Bezley), Olive Plant (Shirley Graham), Dolly Walters (Campbell Walters), Lesley Turner, Liz Thomas, Tanya (Lisa and family), Ivy Carter (Nick Carter), Christine Arrowsmith (Eddie Arrowsmith), Norah Oliver (Bob Oliver), Barbara Carter (Brenda, Grahame and Andrew Hopkins), Tracey Mawer (Mick and Anne Mawer), Rose Skinner, Maria Bryan (Rod Bryan), Bridget O’Brien and Elaine Milne (Rand and Milne families), Ann Macdonald and Judith Macbeath (Trish Saunders), Edith Sharpe, Yvonne O’Dea, Jennie Burnett, Lisa Browne (family).