Everalda Neaves

This obituary first appeared in the Orwell Bulletin in September 1995

Mrs Neaves – Eva to her family and friends – died on August 9th 1995 after a short illness. She was a lovely, gentle person who will be missed by many of us. She supported so many village organisations and events and treated everyone with the same open-minded friendliness whatever their age. Her large family – husband Frank, four children, plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren – always found her a great source of comfort and strength. Our sympathies are with them at this sad time.

Mrs Neaves’ hardworking early life was typical of so many of her generation. Born in London, she grew up in Chatteris and worked on the land before going into domestic service in Cambridge. Fifty-nine years ago at Little St Mary’s church, Cambridge, she married her husband Frank, an Orwell man born and bred, and came to live here. For some time she shared the village paper round, then went on to work for baker Mr Arthur Howard, delivering bread in Orwell and surrounding villages.

She was a regular and committed worker for St Andrew’s Church, a keen member of the Mothers’ Union, and gave many years of service to the British Legion, especially at Poppy Appeal time. Mrs Neaves also loved being on duty as a volunteer at Wimpole Hall where she would meet old friends from her bread-round days and make new ones.   In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, reading and gardening at the bungalow in Meadowcroft Way where she was very happy as part of the community of retired residents. Donations made in her name at her funeral service were given to the Friends of Meadowcroft Way.

 

 

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