Ellen Matilda Christy 1876 - 1948
Death and Funeral of Miss Ellen M Christy. – With the death of Miss Ellen M Christy, briefly reported in our last issue, Ashwell loses one who rendered good service to her native village. For many years postmistress of Ashwell, succeeding her father, Mr Abraham Hart Christy she retired some seven years ago, thus breaking a link with her family and the Post Office which had existed since the introduction of postal facilities for the village in the early 19th century. She was also a partner in the old established firm of A & C Christy Ltd. Many activities in the village claimed her interest and support, particularly the Ashwell Nursing Association, the Parochial Church Council and the Village Hall Social Council, on all of which bodies she had for many years served as a member.
The funeral took place on September 28 at St Mary’s Church, Ashwell in the presence of a large congregation. The Rector of Ashwell, the Rev. J F B Keith conducted the service, which included the hymns “We Love the Place” and “The King of Love”.
Immediate and family mourners were Mr and Mrs F Christy; Mr and Mrs C Christy; Mr G Ablett, Mr and Mrs R Ablett, Miss P Ablett, Mr and Mrs N Christy, Mrs P Christy, Mr Gilbert Christy, Mr and Mrs Ludbrooke, Doris and Laurie, Mr and Mrs Carr, Mr Alec Christy, Miss B Christy, Mr and Mrs O Thorne, Mrs Gus Christy, Mr Tony Christy, Mrs B Christy, Mr Ray Christy, Miss Barker, Mrs Albert Christy, Mr David Christy, Mrs Reeve, Mr and Mrs R Parrish, Mrs Kippax, Miss Fraser and Maggie, Miss Lewthwaite, Mr C Brown (Baldock), Miss Radford, Mrs Craft, Mrs Wilson, Mrs Coulthard, Mrs S Pack, the Rev E Barlow, the Rev H Hard, Mr J C Knowles (Letchworth), Mr Barton, Mr and Mrs L Bryant, Mrs H Worboys, Nurse Armitage and Nurse Reading.
The wreaths were from:
“Those nearest and dearest”: Mr S Adams; Mrs Blagg and family; Miss Barker; Mr W Bray; Mr and Mrs F Bray; Mr and Mrs G Chapman; Mr and Mrs Albert Christy and family; the Misses F and M Day; Mrs C Day, Olive and Mary; Mr and Mrs Charles Day; Mr and Mrs Howard Day; Mr and Mrs Dennis; Mr and Mrs Dunkerley; Mrs and Miss Francis; Mrs W Fordham; Mrs Gentle and Mrs Dellar; Mrs Eustace Hill and Mrs Sheppard; the Misses Hyslop; Miss Alice Huffer; the Rev and Mrs H Hard; Lillis, Margaret and Kathleen; Mr and Mrs Pitcher and Miss Burton; Mr and Mrs L Pack; Mr S Pack; Mr and Mrs L Bryant; Miss Parry; Mr and Mrs R Parrish; Flo, Len, Greta and Frank; Mr and Mrs W Reeves; Mrs Rooke; Mrs Raikes; Mrs and Miss Radford; Mr and Mrs S Sheldrick; Mr and Mrs F Sheldrick; Mr Stafford; Mrs G Turner; Mr and Mrs Vardon and Mrs Berry; friends at “Westbury”; Mrs H Worboys; Queen, Mai and Wallace; the Wylie family and Mrs Mitchell; Mrs A Wilson and family; the Crown Cork Co; Ashwell Church Council; Ashwell Nursing Association.