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OBITUARY - Marjorie Lock, Eye

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A large congregation, which included family, friends and former colleagues attended SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Eye, for a celebration of the life of Marjorie Lock, known as ‘Bunny’, who died at Hartismere Place on January 2 at the age of 89.

The Rector, the Rev Dr Guy Sumpter, officiated and Colin Bartlett was organist.

A reading was said by Mark Salter, son-in-law.

Marjorie leaves three daughters, Stella, Barbara and Chrissy, seven grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

She was born in Fulham, moving with her family to Cambridge and later Ipswich. She attended Ipswich High School, winning a scholarship to the School of Arts and Crafts in 1940 which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the outbreak of war.

She trained as a registered nurse, qualifying in 1947 at Ipswich Borough General Hospital now Heath Road.

She met her future husband, George, when he arrived at the hospital to recuperate from injuries inflicted during combat, following an operation to remove his leg at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

George and Marjorie married in 1948 at St Mary’s Church, in Ipswich, and lived a long and happy marriage. In 1949 they moved to Eye where Marjorie became night sister at Hartismere Hospital, a position she held for 25 years.

An extremely talented seamstress, she made wedding dresses for the daughters, granddaughters and many local brides as well as suits for the grooms. She was also in great demand by local people to carry out countless alterations to various garments, carrying on her needlework until well into her 80s.

On behalf of her large family, one of her grandsons, Ben Beamish, gave a heart-warming tribute in which he praised her many qualities and talents which had been passed down to her large family.

“She was remarkable in life and all those things that made her so will live on well through the generations long after her passing,” he said.

Donations in memory of Marjorie will be given to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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