The funeral was held recently (on 29th November) for Eloise Joan Dring, who died on 16th November 2010, aged 103 years. Eloise was born in Conningsby, Lincolnshire to parents Lucy & William Wheatley. She was the last of 12 boys and girls born to her parents; and was the tenth oldest of their fifteen children, including her three step-brothers. Eloise, or Joan as she became known, was brought up in Lincoln where she attended school. She married Tom Dring at All Saints Parish Church, Lincoln on 26th August 1939, a week before the outbreak of the Second World War. They settled in Lincoln before moving to Oundle in 1948 where Tom was surveyor with Northants County Council. In 1975 they moved to Congleton to be nearer their daughter. Sadly Tom passed away in 1978, Joan moved to Holmes Chapel in 1985, then to Mount Pleasant Nursing Home in 2006. From the age of 16, Joan served a 5 year apprenticeship as a dressmaker, with Bainbridge’s Store in Lincoln and she continued working as a dressmaker until she retired, aged 66 years. Joan sewed, crocheted and knitted until her sight began to fail in her late eighties. She was also a keen gardener, a member of Swettenham W.I. and Holmes Chapel Mothers’ Union. Joan leaves her son David, daughter Ellie, seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. The service was held at St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel, conducted by Rev Paul Mason, prior to committal at Altrincham Crematorium. In addition to family floral tributes, donations were received for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice. Arrangements by Dodgson’s Funeral Service, Knutsford.