The death of Winifred (Win) Wilkinson was received with great sadness by all of her friends and past neighbours in Horncastle, where she had spent most of her married life.
Win passed away peacefully at Nightingale House, Bucknall, recently at the age of 86 years. She was the widow of the late Ernest Wilkinson and leaves two sons and two daughters, Malcolm, Gillian, Maureen and Graham.
She was born at Tattershall Bridge in 1927 but had spent most of her life in Horncastle until four years before her death, when she settled at Nightingale House.
For much of her working life, Win worked in various school canteens in the town. Firstly, at the local Grammar School in the 1960s, the local Infants School in Bowl Alley Lane in the 70s and in the town’s Residential College in the 80s. Whilst being in her 70s herself, she helped out with the Community Dinners on a weekly basis.
Being prematurely widowed, Win spent much of her time willingly helping with various charities. She was actively involved with raising funds for the Vera Dean Scanner Appeal, and was a member of the Activity Committee whilst residing at Sellwood Gardens in the town.
She was also a regular attendee at the Methodist Church and enjoyed the weekly Women’s Fellowship meetings.
Being an excellent and talented knitter, she not only avidly knitted garments for all of her eight grandchildren but she also produced blankets and garments for the less fortunate in this country and overseas.
Win was a proud mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great, great grandmother at the time of her death.
The funeral service took place at the Methodist Church, Horncastle, with Rev. Marty Presdee officiating, followed by interment at Horncastle Cemetery. Her wish was to be laid to rest alongside her beloved husband, Ern.
This spirited, caring lady will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, after the service, were for the Neo-Natal Unit at Northampton General Hospital. These amounted to a staggering £300.
Funeral Directors were the Co-operative Funeral Services, Horncastle.
Family Mourners attending: Mr M Wilkinson (son) representing his wife Mrs K Wilkinson; Mr and Mrs K Ingamells (daughter and son-in-law); Mr and Mrs R Blore (daughter and son-in-law); Mr G Wilkinson and Miss D Pacey (son and partner). Grandchildren and partners: Mr & Mrs L Wilkinson (grandson and wife); Miss D Wilkinson and Mr Jay Sullivan (granddaughter and partner); Miss J Ingamells (granddaughter); Mr & Mrs S Duffield (granddaughter and husband); Mr & Mrs S Ingamells (grandson and wife) also representing Miss Bella & Master Harry Ingamells (great grandchildren); Mr & Mrs R Harris (granddaughter and husband); Miss G Blore & Mr E Hodson (granddaughter and fiancé); Miss A Rosie (granddaughter). Great Grandchildren: Miss Lexi-Mae Wilkinson; Miss Abigail Duffield; Master Jacob Harris. Brothers and Sisters-in-law: Mr and Mrs N Wilkinson (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); Mrs B Morris (sister-in-law).Nephews and Nieces: Mr and Mrs B Shaw; Mrs J Creasey representing Mr O Creasey, Mrs J Charlton; Mr and Mrs C Covill; Mr and Mrs A Golightly; Mr A Honour; Mr and Mrs P Brumfield. Mrs P Wilkinson and Mr M Sands (family member and partner)
Other mourners included: Mrs L Woodthorpe representing Mrs J Maltby and Mrs M Hammond; Mr and Mrs S Ingamells; Miss M Seymour representing the Seymour family; Mrs P Simpson; Mr T Espin, representing Mrs J Espin; Mr and Mrs D Ashton; Mrs P Hollis; Mrs E Boucher; Miss J Sergeant; Mrs B Bark representing Mrs A Elsdon; Mrs M Grant representing Mrs D Usher & Mr J Golland; Mrs J Leggett; Mrs C Holland; Mr and Mrs J Holmes; Mrs E Waddington, Mrs G Little, Mrs R Roberts, Mrs J Swift and Mrs B Farrell all representing Nightingale House.