THE funeral service for Sylvia Grey took place at Marholm Crematorium, the Rev Peter Pooley officiating.
Sylvia died at the Yew Tree Care Home, Dowsby, aged 80.
Only child of Harold and Florence Hull, she was born at Woodnewton, and later moved to a farm cottage with her family at Hollow Bottom, where her father worked.
On finishing school she worked at Cascelloids in Stamford which meant a three-mile walk to catch the bus at Bulwick, although some of her youth was spent in the isolation ward at Northampton Hospital after she contracted TB.
Sylvia met her future husband, Arthur, while at Hollow Bottom, where his family also worked. They married at Bulwick Church in March, 1951, and set up home in a farm cottage at Hollow Bottom, where they had two children, Michael and Barbara. The farm was later demolished and they moved to Bulwick, where they had two more children, Valerie and Wendy. The family moved into the village shop in 1964, which Sylvia ran. She later took over the post office within the shop, and ran both for nearly 25 years, until retirement when she moved to Stamford.
Arthur and Sylvia spent many happy times in their retirement, caravanning, first on their own and then with Barbara and Dave.
She also helped with the handicapped on the Kingsmill bus with Arthur. Sylvia loved knitting for her six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Unfortunately she suffered a series of strokes that led to dementia and as a consequence her final years were spent at Yew Tree Care Home, Dowsby, where she was looked after by a team of wonderful, caring, professional ladies, to whom the family will be eternally grateful.
Sylvia will always be remembered by those who knew her as a happy, jolly, lady and will be sadly missed by her children and their partners, grandchildren Emma, Jessie, Vincent, Adam and Nicola and great grandchildren Leah and Ben.
Family mourners included: Michael and Kate Grey, Barbara and Dave Stallon, Valerie and Norman Chapman, Wendy Grey, Steve Warren, Emma Stallon and John Pearson (representing Leah and Ben), Vincent Grey, Penny Coles, Jessie Grey, Adam Chapman, Nicola Chapman, Mr and Mrs Maurice Grey, Mrs Doreen Wymant (Steven and Clifford), Mrs Marjorie Grey, Mrs Judy Grey, Rachel Grey, Paul Grey, Tracey Willis, Julie Lennie, Melanie Milligan.
Sympathisers included: George Broughton (Nina and Chelsea), Mervyn Dolby (Jackie and Mandy Dolby), Barbara and John Toseland (Russell and Jackie), Ann and Alan Hart (Susan and family, Eric and Sandra Dolby), George and Joy Jesson (Jenny Nicholls and family), Liz Caistor (family), Ann Macvarish (Mrs Val Singlehurst), Hazel Hankins (Peter Hankins), Julie Spires (family), Mrs Tim Conant (Mr Tim Conant), Christine Glithero (Roger, Caroline, Margaret and Martin), Angela Stephens (Yew Tree Care Home).