Obituary: Mary Bull

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Mary Bull

THE celebration for the life of Mary Bull, took place at Kingsgate Community Church, Peterborough. Mary died after a long and brave battle with cancer.

Born on October 25, 1954, in Anglesey where her father was serving with the RAF, she was the third child of David Hobby and the late Joyce Hobby. Mary travelled with her family throughout her childhood, living in Aden and Malta as well as several locations in Britain. Her family settled in Langham in 1964 and she attended Langham Primary School and Rutland High School. Mary made friendships here that she maintained throughout her life.

On leaving school, Mary worked in Leicester and at Barleythorpe’s East Midlands Engineering Employers Association.

In 1975 she met and married her lifelong devoted husband, Vince Bull, from Market Overton.

Mary and Vince lived in Melton where their two daughters, Kate and Victoria were born, in 1981 and 1983 respectively. During this period Mary’s Christian faith developed and she attended St Mary’s Church, Melton, and the annual Faith Camp, Peterborough. In 1996, Mary and her family moved to Holbeach and she loved the rural situation, wide open spaces and skyscapes.

Mary worked as a civil servant with the Ministry of Defence over a 16-year period, based at Old Dalby and RAF Wyton, during which time she developed a love of adventure sports, particularly abseiling, climbing and rollerblading.

Mary and Vince were overjoyed when their grandson William, son of Victoria and Rob, was born in September, 2010, and they were equally delighted to attend Victoria and Rob’s wedding shortly before Mary died.

Her life was full of love and she was described, at a young age by her parish vicar, as “one of God’s blessings.” All who knew her would agree with this description.

Mary remained a devoted Christian throughout her life, worshipping and working at Kingsgate Community Church. She developed many happy and fulfilling friendships through her faith and throughout her working life. Family and friends deeply miss her loving and exceptional presence.