Vera Maynard, Hayle
THE FUNERAL took place recently at St Elwyn's Church, Hayle, of Mrs Vera Maynard. Interment followed in Crowan Churchyard.
The Reverend Patricia Murley conducted the service.
Vera was born on July 11, 1936, in Cheapside, Birmingham. She was the second child of Albert and Adelaide Smith.
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Vera had four siblings: brothers Albert, George and Billy, and sister Freda.
Theirs was a happy and loving family home, held together throughout the hardships of the Second World War and the austere conditions of the Forties and Fifties.
Growing up in Highgate Road, Birmingham, certainly gave Vera a good grounding in life.
Friends and neighbours were plentiful, always there to give a helping hand and support; one such family, the Cooks, living next door at number 273, have remained family friends to this day and were particularly close to Vera.
Following her schooling at Conway Road Secondary Modern School, Vera's working life began at the local post office.
Several jobs followed until, at 18, she became a clippie and a favourite to the passengers who travelled the number 11 outer circle bus route.
It was a job which Vera, with her gregarious manner and winning smile, enjoyed enormously.
At one of the many bus termini, Vera met and, after courtship, married, Richard Lochrie. Their 1958 marriage in Scotland at Richard's family home was a typically Scottish affair, bagpipes and all.
Work opportunities took this young, growing family to other parts of the UK and finally back to Birmingham where Vera took on a career in catering; by now there were three children, Anita, Richard, and Ian.
Sadly as happens in life, irreconcilable problems ended the marriage of Vera and Richard in 1981.
At this stage, and seeking a fresh start, Vera made the decision to move to Cornwall, where she met and eventually married her very dear late husband and soulmate, Basil Maynard.
Theirs was a "sweet" marriage: Vera provided the vibrancy and energy while Basil was the steadying hand of reason; it was to be a winning combination.
Vera also gained the love and affection of Basil's children, Linda and Tracy, who soon looked upon her as their adopted mom.
Seventeen very happy years followed with Vera immersing herself in the Cornish way of life at their homes in Breage and Leedstown.
Quite suddenly, in 2000, Basil died following a heart attack. Vera was inconsolable and took the loss hard: all of Vera's children and adopted children rallied to her side.
As her immediate local family, Vera found solace with her sister, Freda, whom she lived with for a short period, before moving into Flat 36, John Ellis Court, Hayle.
Typically of Vera, she set to work on a dramatic facelift of number 36 and soon made it her own, of which she took great pride.
She once again found friendship and happiness and became well respected.
Despite having a history of serious illness, resulting in hours spent either under diagnosis, operative procedure, intensive care or recovery, Vera rarely complained.
Her stoic resilience was an inspiration.
However, the various illnesses over the past 25 years took their toll and, at 2.25pm, on Tuesday, August 13, Vera lost her fight for life.
Vera was a family woman; she took great pride in her children, her grandchildren and great grand children.
She was loved dearly by all her family and friends, whose heart she touched and will always be remembered for her smile and friendship.
She lived a happy and full life, giving and receiving in equal measure; she will be missed but not forgotten.
Family attending: Anita and Tony Swinson, daughter and son-in-law; Ian and Gail Lochrie, son and daughter-in-law; Freda and Bob Dickens, sister and brother-in-law; George and Jeanette Smith, brother and sister-in-law; Billy Smith, brother; Margaret Smith, sister-in-law; Linda and Derek Winn, stepdaughter and husband; Tracy Maynard and Ivan, stepdaughter and partner; Melanie Swinson and Tyrone Hadley, granddaughter and partner; Nicola Swinson and Lee Darke, granddaughter and partner; Ian Lochrie Jnr, grandson; Luke Swinson, great grandson; Demi Swinson, great granddaughter; Matthew Smith, nephew; Michelle Dickens, niece, and Chris Earle, partner; Adele Dickens, niece; Joanne Hancock, niece; James Bell, great nephew; Steven and Ami Dickens, nephew; Ben Bell, great nephew.
Friends: Mr and Mrs Tom and Joan Christophers, George Pinfold, Miss Cath Duncan; Mrs Lisa Williams, rep Clive Williams; Mrs Tracey Coupe, Mrs Maria Prosser, Lesley Ratcliffe, Mr and Mrs Nicky and Kerry Stevens, Mrs Jessie Burns, Mrs Jo Buxton, Mrs Jill Lee, Mrs Elaine Rule, Mrs Christine Dowrick, the Red Hat Society, Mr and Mrs Joyce and Norman Jones, Ronnie Dodds, Mrs Edith Allen; Mary James, rep Pam Eddy, Mr and Mrs Mark and Jane Hewitt, Pat Tunstall, Jacky Brookes, Sharon Boyne, Margaret Roberts, Lillian Thorpe.
Funeral directors: WJ Winn, Hayle.