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Hankey, May

Funeral report for the late EMILY MAY HANKEY The funeral took place on Friday 8th February at Swettenham Parish Church of Emily May Hankey, aged 91, who died in Leighton Hospital on 23rd January 2013. The Reverend Ian Godfrey conducted the service and Trevor Maddock, nephew, played the organ. The hymns: How Sweet The Name of Jesus, The Lordís My Shepherd and The Day Thou Gavest were sung. A tribute, the scripture reading and a poem were read by her grandchildren Jane, Alison and Jeremy. Interment followed in the Churchyard. Born on 4th August 1921, May lived at Park Cottage, Old Withington and later the family moved to Belle Vue Farm, Withington when her father took over the tenancy. May attended Chelford School and on leaving went into service at Astle Hall. In 1942, she married Fred. They lived at Belle Vue Farm where their daughter May was born. In 1943, they moved in to Fred's family home, the Swettenham Arms. In the following year, Alan, their son was born. Together with other family members, May helped with the running of the farm and the Pub. She was active in village life, also being a member of the Swettenham W.I. After Fredís mother died, they decided to sell the pub and farm buildings, although Fred did retain the land. The family moved to Chestnut House Farm, Byley. Fred died in 1970 and May, together with Alan continued to farm both at Byley and Swettenham. Alanís untimely death in 1990, meant that she gave up farming altogether. She continued to live at Chestnut House Farm, helping her daughter- in-law to bring up Alanís three daughters. Mayís five grandchildren were always a great source of comfort and pleasure to her over the years, and she was overjoyed to be blessed with two great granddaughters. She was so proud of everything her grandchildren achieved, and did her best to help and support them in any way that she could. She always looked forward to having her family around her at Christmas. Once retired she enjoyed going on coach tour holidays, Scotland being her favourite destination. May will be sadly missed and will always be remembered as ĎNaní by family and friends.

Hankey May

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