Joint send off for two ladies of Ipswich

TWO Ipswich ladies Violet Hare and Phyllis Hammond, close friends who lived in the same Ipswich street for most of their lives, died within three days of each other this Christmas and are to be given a fitting joint funeral.

TWO Ipswich ladies Violet Hare and Phyllis Hammond, close friends who lived in the same Ipswich street for most of their lives, died within three days of each other this Christmas and are to be given a fitting joint funeral.

Violet Hare, 93, was known as 'Vi' and worked all her life at Churchmans, first as a cigar supervisor and then as a nurse. She was also a founder member of the St John's Ambulance, Whitton branch, dedicating almost all her life to the charity.

Phyllis Hammond, 90, was both a shorthand typist for Ipswich Health Authority in Elm Street and a social secretary for retired members of the then health union NALGO.

The two Suffolk women met when Vi's sister May married Phyllis' brother Jack in 1947. The soon became friends and, born and bred in Ipswich, they lived at opposite ends of Norwich Road.

Vi lost her sight two years ago and died on Dec 30 at Thurleston residential home. Phyllis, who suffered from Alzheimers disease, died in Beech Lawn residential home three days later.

William Hammond, their nephew, a semi-retired petroleum transport planner who used to live in Buttercup Close, Ipswich, before moving to Feltham, Middlesex paid tribute.

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"I remember them as Auntie Vi and Auntie Phyllis. Both were reliable, both had a friendly smile and Phyllis, especially, had good homemade cooking skills. They never had a bad word to say about anybody and were always part of a large family, which is now dwindling."

Valerie Mather, their niece, who lives in Bramford and also works for St John's Ambulance, fondly recalled her aunts. She said: "They have both had good lives. But to have lost both of them so quickly has left a whole in our lives. They were good Christian people and have helped us a lot.

"We thought we would have a joint funeral so all the family could be there."

The funeral will take place at Ipswich Cemetery on January 15 at 11.45am.

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