The funeral service for Kathleen (Mary) Sewell, of Lyndon Road, North Luffenham, took place at St John the Baptist Church, North Luffenham, the Rev David Nicol officiating.
Six of Mary’s grandsons were pall bearers.
Mrs Sewell died at Oak House Residential Home, Greetham, aged 86, where she was cared for with dedication and love for the last 18 months, making many new friends.
A true Rutlander, she was born in Seaton, to farmer Jack and Eva Crowden, and was sister to Geoffrey and twins Thomas and Richard.
Brought up at the Ridings Farm, she remained a country girl all her life. She was educated locally and on leaving Uppingham Central School, moved to Formby in Lancashire to train as a children’s nurse. Her mother became seriously ill and Mary abandoned her course to go home to look after the family.
She met her future husband Geoff Sewell at a dance in Seaton Village Hall and they were married in 1947, moving to Manor Farm, Seaton, where they farmed all their life, until their retirement when they moved to a bungalow in Seaton.
A highlight of their 50 year marriage was an invitation to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, when HM Queen and Prince Philip were also celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.
All four children, Pat, Jill, Bob and Katie were born at Manor Farm, where Bob continues to farm.
Village life was important to both of them and they were keen and helpful in the events and activities of the community, especially the church. Mary had a wide-range of interests and was one-time Guide leader at the 1st Tixover Girl Guide group at the Wilfred Pickles School for the disabled, and where she helped one of the girls become the first disabled Guide to receive the Queens Guide Award. Geoff and Mary hosted many Scout and Guide camps at Manor Farm. She was a member of North Luffenham Parish Church and Women’s Institute and also enjoyed flower arranging, being a member of the flower club. Later in life she enjoyed complicated jigsaws.
Mary suffered a severe stroke at the age of 59 and was given little hope of recovery, but with Geoff’s constant care and support, she returned to a normal life, enjoying holidays at Stone House, Hawes, twice a year. They also enjoyed coach trips around parts of the country with many friends.
Widow of Geoff, who died in 2008, she leaves her children Pat, Jill, Bob and Kate, 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Family mourners included: Pat and David Cotton, Jill and Raymond Pierce, Bob Sewell, Kate and Brian Bates, Emma and Gez Lloyd, Leona and Emily Lloyd, Dan Cotton, Deanice Cotton, Geoff Pierce, Wendy and Mike Hughes, Mandy and Brian McDougal, Billy and Emma Sewell, Chloe and Daniel Sewell, John and Tina Sewell, Benjamin Sewell, Chris and Sarah Bates, Andrew and Sam Bates, Oscar and George Bates, Stuart, Nathan and Matthew Sewell, Charlie Cotton, Georgina, Jessica and Harriet Surman, Abigail McDougal, Richard Crowden (representing Margaret), Dorothy Crowden, Peter Crowden (Geoff Crowden), Hilary Crowden (Claire and Jonathan), Ken Baron (Michael, Neeta and family), Pauline Martin and Joanna (John and family), Teresa Maglione (Tony and family, Cate, Nick and family), Ann Rowe (family, Jim Earl and family), Jackie Hubbard (Eric and families), Adrian Hubbard (Michael and Nigel), John Sewell, Maddie Smith, Dick Weed and Val, Sue and Phil Shotbolt (Richard Weed), Nigel and Gill Wild, Angie Hudson.
Sympathisers included: Barbara and Andy Brown, Rev Brian and Liz Nicholls, Griff, Maureen and family, Richard and Hilary Tomlinson, Roy and Pam Davies, N Shalliker, J Bennett McQuade, Andrew and Val Barrett, Bill and Janet Whittaker, Charles and Judy Cade, Denise and Bodie Lattimore, Liz Tyler (Margaret Tyler), Allen and Julia Freeman (Janice Smith), Barry Price (Ruth Price), Philip Robson (Daltons), Michael Jacklin (Jackson and Grimes Ltd), Mr and Mrs Norman Issitt, Chris Smith, Sue Sewell (Steve and Margaret Arrowsmith), Geoff Pool, Joan and John King (Robin King), John Robert (Chris and family, Angie and family), Miss M Crowden (Mr and Mrs J Crowden), Derek and Shelag Lane (Mike, Tim, Anna), John and Beryl Robinson (Nicola Howels), John Phillips (Wendy Phillips), Claude Smith, Bernie and Joy Bargewell, Keith and Chris Gardner, Steve Pearce, Jason and Linda Ellis (family ), Margaret Bland, Betty Tyler and family (Maisie Hand), Doffy Munton, Chris, Anna, Helen and Rachel, Andy and Rosemary Murton (family), Fay Cummings (Paul Cummings), Mima Bolton (Jim Bolton), Audrey Berridge, Pauline and Cyril Greetham, Peter King, Alan Bates (family), Alec Rose (family), Glad Charity (family), Woody and Julie (Benji Schofield, Sue and Peter Hodson), Ellen Perkins (George, Maz, Sian, Fox and Hounds), Gina Turner (Jack, Michael and Vicky Turner), Lilianne Coogan (Miles, Jim and Nicole Coogan), Sarah Jane Peachey (Rutland Hair Works, Mrs C Chambers), Christine Moore (Paddy Moore), Myra Rose, John and Eileen Hill and family, N Shalliker (Good Companions), Elizabeth Hargreaves, Muriel Elder and family, Angela Firth, Andrew Sherriff (Claire Elford and family), David Bellamy (Pat, Theresa, Kylie and Nick), Marion Manger, Oak House pianist; Margaret Towel, Alan Stavely, Amanda Ellis, Linda Ellis, Tracey Blythe, Nickki Measures, Paul Hampson and Cathy Schars (Oak House), Diane Creasey (Cottesmore Benefice), David Hollis (Zoe Hollis, Robert Burns NFU), Preston Walker (family), Sarah Cooper (Charles and Lynn Cooper), Colin and Janet Heasall, Peter Sharman, Pete and Lynn Burrows, Gerald and Lilian Clarke (Alex and Robin), Eric Abell.