MARY Rosina Baker of Ilminster, died at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, on March 11. She was aged 91.
The funeral, conducted by Canon John Simpson, took place at St Andrew's Church, Dowlish Wake on March 21, and featured the hymns Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, The Old Rugged Cross, and O God Our Help in Ages Past.
The service was followed by burial at Ilminster Cemetery.
Canon Simpson also gave the sermon, and tributes in the form of a brief life history and two poems were given by Andrea Charles (granddaughter), Stuart Baker (grandson) and Carly Wills (great-granddaughter). A reading from The Song of Solomon was given by grandson Patrick Giles.
Family mourners: Cyril Baker (husband); Derek and Pat Baker (son and daughter-in-law); Bridget and Mike Giles (daughter and son-in-law); Rosalind and Tony Wills (granddaughter and husband); Patrick and Anna Giles (grandson and wife); Stuart Baker (grandson); Andrea and Matthew Charles (granddaughter and husband); Carly, Naomi and Daniel Wills, Ryan Baker (great-grandchildren); 14-month-old Hazel Giles (representing Max (5), Freya (3) and Rory Charles (15 months), great-grandchildren); Kath Sweeting, Gwen Gudge and Joan Gudge (sisters-in-law); Colin and Margaret Baker (nephew and wife, also rep Isla Baker and family); Sandra and Peter Noake (niece and husband, also rep Trevor Eastwood, nephew); Anne Hodder (niece, also rep Brian Hodder and Sarah); Susan and Frank Conway (niece, also rep Keith); Kath and Les Hayman (rep Joanne and Wayne Robson); Andrew Crouch (rep Angela Crouch); Margaret Parry (rep Sue Attwell and Liz Dennis); Marlene Belbin (rep Rodney Belbin); Mary Davis (rep Ted Davis); Betty and Les Hill; Priscilla Helliar (rep Geoff Helliar and Mr and Mrs Alan Baker); Les Bussell (rep Sylvia Clegg); Nelson Bussell; Pearl and Leonard Phelps; Betty and Bernard Pearce; Raymond Quick; Queenie and Dennis Cleal.
Other mourners: Reg and Roy Grinter (rep Grinter family); Ken Grinter; Eileen Grinter (rep Brian Grinter); Paul and Patricia Brudenell (rep Mrs M. Giles and Mrs J. Selifant; Lois and Peter Snook; Vera England; Mr M. Newberry; Gladys Patten; Jane Helliar (rep Jim and Jean Patten); Mrs Pamela Collins; Mrs Cleva Rainger (rep Alan Rainger); Betty Tovey (rep Victor and Marlene Collins, and Jean and John Contreras); Marjorie and Douglas Mitchell; Peggy and Donald Byrom; Ann and John Sweeting; Alan and Hazel Wills; Lyn Kemp (home carer).
John and Mary Rendell of Ilminster supplied the beautiful family flowers - a cross from Mr Baker and his children, with separate tributes from grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Other floral tributes came from Kath Sweeting, Sandra and Peter Noake, Dean and Sam, and Isla Baker and family.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Paul Whitmore of A.J. Wakely & Sons, 7 West Street, Ilminster.
The family would like to offer their thanks to all who attended the service and for all donations. We are also very grateful to Drs Williams and Odgers and all the staff at the Broadway Surgery, and to the doctors and nursing staff at Musgrove Park Hospital for all the kind attention that Mrs Baker received over many years.