It was with great sadness that her friends and neighbours learned of the recent death of Mrs Pauline Stubbs in Louth Hospital.
St Andrews Church in Donington on Bain was filled to capacity with standing room only for many at the Thanksgiving Service for her life.
Pauline was 71 and had made her home in Donington on Bain with her family for more than 40 years where she was involved in many aspects of village life.
She is survived by her husband Pete, daughters Sue Rutter of Donington on Bain and Lynn Chambers of East Barkwith, four grandchildren James Rutter, Kathryn Rutter, Andrew Chambers and Christopher Chambers and her only brother Alec Small. The elder of the three children of the late Mr and Mrs Walter Small, Pauline was born at Beesby and grew up in the Alford area while her father worked on local farms.
They moved to Asterby from where she attended Monks Dyke Secondary School.
After completing her education she worked for CG Smith Wholesalers in Louth and it was in the town that she met her husband to be at the Coffee Pot Cafe.
He was a Lincolnshire lad who had grown up near the coast and was serving in the army and stationed at Nottingham.
Pete was home on leave at the time and as he had a motorbike he could travel backwards and forwards to Lincolnshire quite easily until they married at Scamblesby Chapel in 1959, when Pauline joined him at Nottingham and they made their first home in married quarters. They returned to Lincolnshire when Pete was demobbed a year later and as he worked on local farms they moved around until eventually settling in Meadowdroft, Donington on Bain, with their two young daughters. Pauline spent many years working at the village primary school, initially as a dinner lady then continuing as a classroom assistant and as a one to one carer for special needs children.
She was later appointed lunch time supervisor, a position she held until she retired and she had also done duty as caretaker.
During her time at the school Pauline often travelled with the parties of older children on the week long annual field trips, which were organised for them, and on occasions Pete went along to help too and she was always actively involved in fundraising events for the school. She was a longstanding member of the Barkwith and District Gardeners Association and had served on the committee for many years while also taking office as chairman, vice chairman and secretary.
She was always on duty, taking entries for the Association’s two annual shows and was a regular exhibitor too, winning many prizes and trophies in the produce, flower and floral art sections.
Pauline had a particular talent for floral art and entered exhibits at other local shows too and she enjoyed being a member of the Donington on Bain Floral Art Group, where, with a group of friends, she developed her skill with expert tuition from Ann Snowden.
She served on the rota for arranging flowers in St Andrew’s Church and was a member of the Donington on Bain Forget Me Not Club and of the informal craft group, which was initiated by Carol McGrath at The Rectory and following Ian and Carol’s retirement, has continued with meetings held regularly in members’ homes.
Pauline always enjoyed the company of her family and they have happy memories of many holidays together over the years, as she had always enjoyed good health before her illness.
She never fully recovered from her operation in Leeds in December and had been cared for by Pete and her family in recent weeks, until going into Louth Hospital when she needed specialist medical care.
The League of Friends of Louth Hospital was the charity chosen to receive any donations from those who wished to contribute as there was a request for family flowers only at the thanksgiving service which followed the cremation at Alford. The Revd Pam Costin conducted the services with Pam Cade at the organ and funeral arrangements were made by Lincolnshire Co-operative Funeral Services (inc V Walker) of Louth. Family mourners were: Peter Stubbs, husband, John and Sue Rutter, daughter and son in law also representing James Rutter, grandson; Lynn Chambers, daughter also representing Martyn Chambers, son in law, and Andrew Chambers and Christopher Chambers, grandsons; Kathryn Rutter, granddaughter, Alec and Lyn Small, brother and sister in law, James Stubbs, brother in law, Kath Cook, auntie, Paul and Lorraine Ryan, nephew and niece, Stephen Price, nephew also representing Joanne Pride, niece; Margaret Veal, niece also representing Mr and Mrs J Wilson, nephew and niece; Pauline Stubbs, niece, Charles Stubbs, nephew, June Mumby, niece, Chris and Yvonne Jackson, nephew and niece, Ernie Veal, nephew; David and Hilary Cook, Tony and Pam Shepherd and Michael Lammiman, cousins.
Friends present included: John and Mary Sims, also representing Les and Joan Robinson, nephew and niece; Keith Fridlington, also representing Castaline and Market Rasen Wednesday Fishing Club; Jim Hewson, also representing Market Rasen Wednesday Fishing Club; Alice Whitwell, Sarah Stamp, Doreen Field, also representing Elizabeth Stutchbury; Graham and Lynne Parkinson, Bryan and Rosemary Parkinson, also representing Rosemary Needham and Mark and Angela Furminger; Peter and Diane Bray, also representing Charlotte Rawdon and Nathan Bray; Bernard and Pat Chambers, Ethel Lee, Jane Perkins, Richard and Anne Stamp, Nina Maplethorpe, Pamela Hague, also representing Denis and Ann Snowden; Ann Needham, also representing Robert Needham and the Needham family; Brian and Ethel Kirk, also representing June Grant; John and Dorothy Cope, Susan Crowley, Amanda Crowley, Edna Turner, Jo Campion, Kevin and Pam Wallis, Fiona Hartley, Martin and Diana Doughty, also representing the family and Ken and Pam Webb and family; Tony and Pam Devonald, Alison Thomas, also representing Philip Thomas and Emily Taylor; Maurice and Mollie Hackett; Barbara Boobyear also representing the League of Friends of Louth Hospital; Diane Willoughby, Ruby Willoughby, David Wallis also representing Helen Wallis; Louise Anyan, also representing Donington on Bain County Primary School; Karen Campion, Martyn and Nicola Smith, Nick and Sarah Smith, Chris Hibbins, Lesley Pringle, Jeff Knight, Glyn Macdonald, Roger and Chris Harrison, Enid Hotchin, Christine Bannister, also representing Sheila Brumpton; Denise Warne, Charlotte Rutter, Fred and Jenny Rutter, Mary Beth Rutter, Mr and Mrs Michael Fisher, Henry and Pat Smith, Jean Wallis, Frank Wallis, Leslie and Betty Gray, Mr and Mrs Gill-Stafford, Jackie Taylor, also representing Jenny Ward; Denis and Jean Thompson, also representing the Donington on Bain Flower Club and the Donington on Bain Forget Me Not Club; Bill and Sheila Minns, also representing Graham and Sylvia Mowbray, Kate Wright, Grace Clark, Vicki Hearsey, Chris Raynor, Shelagh Fincham and the Barkwith and District Gardener’s Association and many others.