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Spalding church member and ex golf captain dies aged 91

A member of St John the Baptist Church, Spalding, has died at the age of 91.

Betty Porter leaves her husband, Dr Maurice Porter, and family including her brother, Ken Willows, the former chairman of Spalding branch of the Lincolns.

Born in Wilsford, near Sleaford, Betty was one of three children.

Betty Porter who died on New Year's Eve
Betty Porter who died on New Year's Eve

She attended Sleaford Secondary Modern School and took a course in shorthand, typing and bookkeeping at night school before joining William H Brown, auctioneers and valuers in Sleaford.

Betty was very ill with tuberculosis for about three years and spent time in an isolation hospital at Branston before recovering and marrying Maurice.

The couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in Spalding in 2017.

As a doctor of science involved in research, Maurice moved around the country, and the couple had spells living in the Durham and Manchester areas as well as in Wales.

Ken said Betty devoted her life to looking after Maurice.

"They both played golf and Betty ended up as women's captain," said Ken. "They went on to do bowling."

The couple moved to Spalding 10 years ago from Sully, South Wales, to be near Ken and his wife, Audrey.

Betty joined St John's Church and it was there that she was confirmed by the Bishop of Grantham.

She passed away on New Year's Eve in Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

Her funeral service takes placeat 12.15pm on Wednesday, January 22 at St John's, followed by cremation at Surfleet.

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