The funeral has taken place at Edgcumbe Methodist Church for Noreen Williams, who passed away at King Charles Court nursing home in Falmouth on October 4 at the age of 82.

Born at Carnkie, Wendron on July 15, 1935 - a date she always claimed to be Stithians Show Day- she was the eldest of five siblings, the daughter of Sidney James and Ethel Linda Hearn (nee Bowden).

She attended Halwyn Primary School, then Helston Junior and the new Helston Secondary Modern when the family moved to Trebarvah Farm, Seworgan. She loved sport, captaining the hockey team as well as playing netball and being captain of Godolphin House.

On leaving she trained at the Fenwick Road Secretarial School in Falmouth, taking various jobs as well as working on the family farm, helping raise her younger brother and sisters. She also made shed doors and worked at Wendron Forge.

Noreen met Trevor, a Holman’s apprentice for the second time at 17 - having first met at school choir practice – and after courting for six years they married at St Stythians Church on October 25, 1958. They had two children, Andy, born in 1962 who sadly passed suddenly in 2007, and Esther born in 1965. After living in a small cottage in Stithians they moved to Tre-Nor, Polkanugga Lane in 1962.

Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting, reading, baking, handicrafts and dancing. Along with Trevor she holidayed all over the world. In the early days they travelled extensively on Trevor’s motorbike.

Noreen was a Stithians WI member for over 60 years, holding the post of president twice and was an active member of Stithians Show domestic section for ten years. She also served as a parish councillor and was an active member of the chapel.

Noreen’s service was conducted by the Rev Celia Phillips, with contributions from the Nankersey Male Choir, Gwen Collins was organist. Interment followed, with Andy, and her coffin was borne by Marion Hill, Nicola Kneebone, Catherine Davis and Sarah Truen. A packed gathering of friends and family joined Trevor and Esther in celebration of her life.