Langport and Somerton Herald 30 Dec 1933 Ile Brewers Vicar's Bereavement Death of Only Daughter Miss Joan Rosemary RUSSELL Dau of Rev W. B. RUSSELL and Mrs RUSSELL

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Langport and Somerton Herald. Taunton, Yeovil, Bridgwater, Martock, and South Petherton News, and Western Counties' Advertiser. Saturday 30 Dec 1933

Page 8 Column 5




A sad bereavement has been suffered by the Rev. W. B. RUSSELL (Vicar of Ile Brewers) and Mrs. RUSSELL, whose only child Miss Joan Rosemary RUSSELL, passed away at the Redcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, on Tuesday of last week. Her death, at the early age of 21 years, is deeply mourned in the village.

It was only in the summer of this year that Miss RUSSELL went to the Redcliffe Infirmary to train for a nurse. A short time ago she contracted pneumonia and complications also set in. Despite very careful and patient nursing and finest treatment, she passed away as stated.

Perhaps Miss RUSSELL was not widely-known at Ile Brewers, for her father has been vicar there for little more than eighteen months, and for the greater part of that time she has been away from home. The villagers, however, extend sincere sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. RUSSELL in their very sad bereavement.

The funeral took place on Saturday, interment being made in Ile Brewers churchyard. On Friday a special service was held at the Redcliffe Infirmary chapel. Before 80 and 100 nurses and members of the hospital staff were present, and an impressive service was conducted by Canon INGE. Later in the day the mortal remains were brought to Ile Brewers by motor hearse and rested in the parish church during Friday night.


There was a large attendance at the funeral service on Saturday, and villagers paid touching tribute. The service, which was choral, was conducted by the Rural Dean, the Rev. Prev. J. N. BOUGHTON (Vicar of Ilminster), while Mr. A. H. RAVEN (of Drayton) read the lesson. Miss TOTTLE presided at the organ and played suitable music before and after the service. The hymns chosen were “Nearer my God to Thee,” and “Abide with me,” while Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” was chanted.

The principal mourners attending were the Rev. W. B. and Mrs. RUSSELL (father and mother); Rev. Christopher and Mrs. GRAHAM (uncle and aunt); Mr. B. PARGITER; Dr. and Mrs. ATTWATER.

Among the many others attending were: Messrs. O. BRICE (churchwarden), H. TOTTLE, A. MEARE and W. CHORLEY (sidesmen), who acted as bearers; Mrs. J. F. ALEXANDER (Ile Abbotts Vicarage), Mrs. Cuthbert MATTERSON (Fivehead), Messrs. F. C. GLIDE, H. PRIDDLE, H. and F. ADAMS, Mrs. A. H. RAVEN (Drayton), Mrs. W. MONTAGUE, Mrs. H. TOTTLE, Mrs. C. JEFFERY, Miss HARRISON, Mrs. O. BRICE, Mrs. E. WATTS, Mrs. GANNETT, Mrs. HOCKEY, Mrs. PEARSON (Westport), Mrs. GLIDE (senr.), Mrs. F. GLIDE, Mrs. W. A. JONES, Miss JONES, Miss M. COATES, Mrs. F. ADAMS, Mrs. M. TAYLOR, Mrs. W. CHORLEY, Mrs. S. MEARE and many young people. The Rev. J. F. ALEXANDER (vicar of Ile Abbotts) and Mr. F. SPEARING (churchwarden) were unable to attend owing to illness.

The grave had been lined with fern and flowers by Mr. H. ADAMS (sexton). The coffin was of unpolished oak with brass mountings, the breastplate being inscribed:-

“Joan Rosemary,

Died December 19th., 1933,

Aged 21 years.”

There was a beautiful collection of floral tributes including the following:- With sincere sympathy from the choir, wardens, sidesmen and churchworkers; from the Matron, Redcliffe Infirmary; Fellow workers, nurses and sisters at the Redcliffe Infirmary.

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