Obituary: Elaine Richbell

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 29 May 2019, 11:02


Elaine Richbell

Elaine Richbell

Following the untimely and sudden death of Elaine Richbell, on 28th April 2019 many of us gathered on 22nd May in the Parish Church of St Mary w St Leonard, Broomfield along with her family and friends to celebrate her life. Elaine had been a Mothers’ Union member for many years and was very much an active member of St Mary’s church and as our Curate, Revd Julie Hardy remarked in her Address saying that she was as much a church-maker as a home-maker. She was part of the flower arranging team, she helped out at the monthly lunch and organised the church-sitting rota as well as taking part in it. On Tuesday, the day before the funeral, all those of us who are part of the flower arranging team lead by Margaret Pinkerton spent a good deal of time arranging flowers for Elaine’s funeral to be held the next day so everything was bright and fresh. Amazingly we all managed to choose white and yellow flowers to celebrate Elaine’s life. We heard how much Elaine had been loved by her family and that she had worshiped God in more than one church. At the funeral her two daughters read beautiful poems and we sang ‘Guide me, O thou great Redeemer’, ‘The Lord’s my Shepherd’ and ‘Abide with me’. The Eulogy was given by the Revd Margaret King, who is Team Rector for North Hinckford Parishes and the prayers were led by the Revd Canon Ivor Moody who is Vice Dean and Canon Pastor of Chelmsford Cathedral. The Good Lord provided us with a beautiful day on which to hold this celebration. Following the commendation and farewell the committal and burial was conducted in St Mary’s churchyard.

A celebration for a life-lived

A celebration for a life-lived


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