People from Rippingale, Bourne and the surrounding areas gathered to pay tribute to Ivy Southern, who died without any family to attend her funeral.
The Willows Care Home in Rippingale, where Ivy lived for the final five years of her life, invited members of the community to join the memorial service after just four people – all staff members were at her funeral.
During Friday’s tribute, a new bench was placed in the care home garden alongside plants – including ivy – which residents will be able to enjoy.
In a touching tribute to Ivy, celebrant Katrine Hudson from Kirkby Underwood spoke of the 88-year-old’s ‘wicked sense of humour’ and ‘giggle you could not forget’.
She reminded those gathered, which included Rippingale gardener Phil Palmer who had worked on the care home garden, members of the Lodge of Aveland Freemasons, and the families of other residents, that all of the staff at The Willows had made Ivy’s final years special.
After reading the poem, Thy Will Be Done, which begins with the words ‘You left quietly without a fuss’, Katrine spoke about the snippets of memories Ivy shared of her time working on the cruise ships, and about her pet dog, Chipperfield.
“Chipperfield relied on Ivy and when he passed away Ivy was left heartbroken,” she said.
“It’s a fitting tribute to know that they are now reunited.”
Concluding the tribute, Katrine said: “Simply remember her as our Ivy.”
Megan Corby, the youngest member of staff at the care home, sang ‘Your Song’ by Elton John, and Annie Snart entertained with some nostalgic songs that residents knew.
Care home owner, Roop Nahil, whose husband and children also attended the memorial, expressed gratitude for those who gave up their time to come along.
“Everyone united to take part in Ivy’s memorial, some donated lovely cupcakes, others donated money and gave their time,” she said.
“A huge ‘well done’ goes to our staff and registered manager Tracy Manning who made this event a very successful one.”
Money donated on the day will go to the residents’ fund.
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