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Funeral for Daventry mother of 10

The funeral in Daventry of Daisy Kingsford. Family members arrived by London bus at Holy Cross Church. NNL-140805-145443009

The funeral in Daventry of Daisy Kingsford. Family members arrived by London bus at Holy Cross Church. NNL-140805-145443009

The family of a late 90-year-old Daventry woman arrived at her funeral in a red London bus in a unique tribute to her memory.

The family of Daisy Mildred Kingsford turned up at the Holy Cross Church in the town yesterday (Thursday) in the unusual mode of transport.

One of her daughters, Sue O’Donoghue, said: “Her house was full of red London buses as she absolutely loved them.

“A lot of her family grew up in London and we wanted this to be a fitting tribute to her.”

Mrs Kingsford, who was born in Suffolk and then lived in London, moved to Daventry 40 years ago.

She died from bladder cancer on April 25 and leaves 10 children, 26 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren. She was well known around the town for her time as a cleaner at Daventry Working Men’s Club and at the former Southbrook Comprehensive School.

Sue added: “She was full of fun and had a terrific sense of humour. She was constantly playing on her iPad, she enjoyed playing puzzles on it and games with friends. It was only in the last three weeks of her life that she stopped using it, otherwise she was on it all the time.

“She played cards, enjoyed the music of Elvis Presley, days out, holidays, pie, mash and liquor, stout, Harvey’s Bristol Cream and life.”

However, the main thing her family will remember her for is her sense of humour.

Sue added: “We asked her one time what she wanted for Christmas and she said a new body. So we made up a stick figure using some rubbers and gave it to her as her new body for Christmas. She then carried this round with her, either in her handbag or her coat pocket. When she visited the doctor she took this doll out and said to him ‘you better examine this’, which made the doctor crack up.”

 

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