THE funeral of Lilian Borton, of Weston Road, Edith Weston, took place at St Mary’s Church, Edith Weston, the Rev Brian Nichols officiating. Mrs Borton died at Rutland Care Village, Oakham, aged 87.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, her life was interrupted by the second world war, and with invasion imminent, she fled alone, to Vienna. She met her future husband, Jim, who was serving in Vienna with the RAF. Their wedding in Cheshire was followed by the peripatetic life of a serviceman’s wife, and eventually in 1974 Lilian and Jim settled in Edith Weston.
Warm, generous and energetic, Lilian involved herself with village life. She acted as reserve auntie (then granny) for decades of village children. She enjoyed going round antique fairs and also produced vast quantities of mince pies and marmalade in order to help raise funds for the village and an orphanage in Bulgaria, of which she was patron.
An enthusiastic card player, Lilian regularly hosted evenings in the village hall for the Rutland bridge fraternity.
Full of warmth, laughter and light, her presence is greatly missed.
She leaves her widower William and son Robert.
Family mourners included: William Borton (widower), Robert Borton (son), Bunty Bellis, Russel and Jane Bellis, Ken and Ann Brereton, Alan and Mandy Parker, Saul Kelly, Ingrid Richardson.
Sympathisers included: Jackie Davies, Andrew and Pauline Makey, Catherine Hall, Margaret and Peter Cousins, Tristy Pateman, Mrs Juliette Malbon (Stanley and Bill Malbon), Bunty Makey (Richard Makey), Simon and Caroline Stephenson, David Forbes, Ian and Jackie Rutherford, Jarron family, Mrs C Forsyth, Hugh and Miranda Palmer, Malcolm and Jane Earnshaw (Sarah, Julie and family), Stephanie Earnshaw, Diana and Kenneth Odell, Donald and Patricia Barnes, Dolma Homan (Rutland Care Village, Clair, Pat, Ricky, Carol), Joe Binks (Margaret Binks, Sheena and Ian Law, Frank and Philip Law), Tom and Ann Sinclair, Coby Richardson, Val Page, Cecilie Ingoldby, Michael Bradbury (Chrissi, Gina, Julia), Nancy and John Boddington (Julia, Tom, Jack Lofthouse), Dorothy Crowden, Richard Moore, Jane Milne, Brian and Helen Thorp, Peter and Elain Dobbie, Sheila Browett, Ann Wild.