Lilian remained independent

Lilian Depear

Lilian Depear

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Mrs Lilian Depear passed away on July 22 at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, following a short illness.

Born in 1919 in Gedney Hill, Lilian stayed in the area for the entireity of her life, spending her final five years in Mayfield Residential Home in Holbeach where she was well looked after.

Lilian, one of three children, attended school locally in Gedney Hill and went on to marry Walter, at the age of 24, with whom she had one daughter, Pauline, in February 1943.

The couple worked hard on the land as smallholders and Lillian took particular pride what she did.

Lilian was a keen horticulturalist and spent a lot of her time weeding and gardening, and in her later years making sure that the job was still done properly by her daughter Pauline and her son-in-law James.

Lilian also enjoyed completing large crosswords, knitting and reading. She was described as talkative, conciencious, tough, hard working and a good mum who was very independent right up until the end of her life.

The funeral service was held at South Lincolnshire Crematorium in Surfleet on August 7 and was led by Mr Earnest Fytche.

Anyone wishing to make donations were asked to make them to Marie Curie Care, one of many charities close to Lilian’s heart.

The funeral was attended by Pauline Clark (daughter), James Clark (son-in-law) and others who knew Lillian well.