THE funeral service for Florence (Flo) Lambert, of Rutland Care Village, took place at All Saints’ Church, Oakham. Interment at Oakham Cemetery followed.
Born in 1920 to Ernest and Edith Buckingham of Park Lodge, Clipsham, Rutland, she was the youngest of four children, and was educated at Clipsham School and Cottesmore Central School.
On leaving school Flo went into service and moved to Burley-on-the-Hill, working in the mansion house as a housemaid to the gentry. It was while working there that she met Eric, whose family lived in Burley, and they frequented the dances in and around Oakham. They married at Clipsham Church in 1938 and had three daughters, Anne, June and Wendy.
Florence then moved around Rutland with Eric’s jobs, taking her to Langham, Egleton and finally Oakham. She worked for N Corah at Oakham for more than 27 years, receiving a celebration gold watch from a member of the Corah family on her 25th year, which remains in the family to this day. It was a sad day when she learned the factory had burnt to the ground, but was soon later built into a modern new factory, and she was part of it again.
Flo was widowed in 1971, and she then took a new direction, moving from Northgate to West Road where she spent 40 years. She also changed jobs and was employed by RPC Plastics and remained there until her retirement, enjoying her 10 years with them.
On her retirement she looked after her four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, which were her life. Always keeping busy with her hobbies, she enjoyed making preserves and pies for the family. She travelled abroad with her family to Gibraltar, Majorca and Cyprus, where she attended her grandsons wedding. She was accomplished in knitting, sewing and embroidery and also enjoyed gardening, growing her own plants in a spare bedroom to replant into troughs and larger pots to decorate her porch in the spring. These wonderful planted pots won her the Gardens in Bloom Porches and Patios award for two years, and at the age of 87, was quite an achievement.
At the age of 90 her health started to deteriorate and she moved to warden assisted accommodation, and then to Rutland Care Village, where she sadly died with her loving family around her.
Family mourners included: Anne and John Hadley, June and Geordie Stephenson, Wendy and Geordie Thompson, Marnie, Richard, Tayte and Maisy Fillingham-Thompson, Shani, Steve, Ella and Albert Radford, Scott, Sarah Thompson (representing Charlie and Evie), Lee, Jade, Terriann, Luke, Connor, Shantelle and Jordan Stephenson, Trudy Underwood (Baz Parrish), Michael and Liz Green, Susan and John Bentley, Tony and Jean Buckingham, Brian and Denise Lewis, John Lewis (Maggie Bailey), Jennifer and Trevor Hornbuckle, Graham Charity, Derek Lambert, Gaynor Lambert, Bella Lewis, Dee and Alan Wright, Julianne Wright.
Sympathisers included: David and Gill High, Toni Newton (Suzanne Radford), Gail and Pam Houlden (David Houlden), Jan Fillingham, Wally and Kath Gasson, Peggy Perry (Rosie Anderson), Haydn and Pauline Crew, Jock and Eleanor McIntyre (Barbara and family), Yvonne and Bill Crompton, Maureen Hawes (Derek and Jane) Irene Davison (Lisa Hall, Michael Mcdonald), Glyn Tinkler (Brian, Mark, Jon and Jenny), Joyce Bottomley, Carole and Bob Gregg, Laura and Jade, Vicky Smith, Ashley Cantwell, Pat Vaughan, Jade Newman and Vikki Dickman (Tonnerre), Tracey Salmon (Guy, Freddie and Poppy), Rachel and Eddie Kerwin, Shirley and Dennis Cooper (Martin and Wendy), Anthony and Sam Ansell, Mr and Mrs Birchfield, Rosemary and Andy Murton, John Underwood (Jackie Underwood), Margaret Veselis (Andy and family), Leslie Cooper (Brian and family), Betty Lynn (Ron), Flo Neale (John Dalby and John and Beryl Sellars), Eva Williamson (Robin, Alice and Emma), Lynda Hubbard (Michael Hubbard), Kathleen Greaves (Ken), Barbara Davies, Joan Wilson, Sally Sneddon (Nancy), Phyliss Burton, Debbie Crossfield, Simon Smith (Rene O’Neil, Rutland Care Village), Fred Ellis, D Leandro, William Radford, (Anne Radford), Anna Radford (Matt, Laila and Oscar Radford), Millie Hubbard.