A funeral service was held at the East Riding Crematorium on Friday January 11 for Mrs Betty Weekes of the Glenfield Residential Home who died peacefully in Glenfield on 6th January. She was aged 91.
The service was conducted by the Rev Robert Amos and the organist was Mr Peter Maw.
Betty was born in Ystradgynlais, Swansea Valley, South Wales. After leaving school she went nursing in London under the aegis of her sister, she came home as war broke out to marry her husband to be Dick who was in a reserved occupation - mining. They had two sons Ross and Ceri, sadly Ceri died as a baby.
She had a very happy married life, she created a warm, cheerful home which was open all hours to friends and neighbours.
She participated in a number of chapel activities (Tabernacl, Ystradgynlais, where, of course, Archbishop Rowan Williams was baptised). She was a member of the Light Opera Society and was also an active member of the Ystrad Labour Women’s Club, they raised a fortune for charity.
After Dick’s pit closed they went to live and work in London.
After their grandchildren Sally and Owain were born they came to live in Driffield to share in their growing up. Dick worked part time at several jobs in Driffield whilst Betty worked in Joe Butler’s clothes shop before eventually doing voluntary work with Barnardo’s.
Betty and Dick enjoyed returning to Wales to see family and bought a cottage there where they made lasting friendships, they also loved travelling all over the UK and the Med, their favourite being trips to Crete and Oberamagau. Most of the year was spent very happily in Driffield spending time with their family.
Betty soon got involved with activities at the Methodist Church and the Driffield Light Opera Society.
After Dick died in 1998 Betty went to live at Taylor’s Field, she made many friends there.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Family mourners: Ross & Liz Weekes (son & daughter in law), Sally & Jon (granddaughter & fiancé), Owain (grandson), Wyn Jones (nephew), Anne & John Anderson (niece & husband), Drew & Gail Anderson (nephew & wife), Mark & John Anderson (great nephews), Ann & Paul Coultass (niece & husband), Cliff & Rosalie Jones (nephew & wife).
Others present: Mr & Mrs J Burrell, Jane Burdass, Ramona Holt, Maureen Wright rep Mrs Joy Ewbank, Sheila Watson & Audrey Dale, Hilda Oxtoby, Olga Ewbank rep Jennifer Garner. Georgina Dean, Malcolm & Marjorie Clubley rep Ted & Bev Atkinson & Mrs M Atkinson, Jim & Janet Clark rep Mildred Galtry & Mary Dean, Geoff Hughes, Grace & Malcolm Craggs rep Yvonne Smith & Mark Oxtoby, Richard & Christine Pollard, Brian Kitt, Clive Hill, Rob & Elaine Leason, Rob & Jenny Youd rep Flora Anderson, Pip & Dave Matthews, Angela Goacher, Betty Wilson, Pauline Hullah, John Hall rep Sandie, Michael & Edna Parker rep Mrs Barbara Wilson, Mary Hanson, Judith & Ian Douglas, Sian Mundey rep Susan Couttes & Carewatch, Sue Mundey rep Marie Perrin & Carewatch, Lauren Paton rep Kerry Beedham & Natalie Davis-Holmes, Debbie Gibson rep Sue Bielby & Carewatch, Mr & Mrs Norman Ellis, Mick Foster, Robert Fenton rep Melanie Fenton & Michael & Andrew Fenton