Mrs Janet Shippen (née Midgelow)

FORMER Boston woman Janet Shippen (nee Midgelow) has died in the Isabel Hospice at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City, after a short illness.

She was 77.

Mrs Shippen was born and brought up in Boston, living first in Duke Street, then Green Lane and Freiston Road.

She left the town after her marriage to Edgar Shippen in the mid ‘60s.

A former pupil at Staniland and Boston High Schools, she trained in the pathology lab at Boston General Hospital after leaving school, and became a phlebotomist, dealing with and analysing patients’ blood samples.

She enjoyed travelling as a young woman, and she and her husband, an accountant from Wallsend, met while on a coach holiday to Spain.

After their marriage in 1965 they settled in Durham for a few years, then moved to Hertfordshire. She had lived in Hatfield since the late 70s.

Mrs Shippen enjoyed cooking, tailoring and dressmaking, and furniture restoration and upholstery. She was also very fond of classical music.

She leaves two sons, Ian and Paul, and two young grandchildren. Mr Shippen died in 2004.

Her funeral took place in the Small Chapel at Garston Crematorium, West Hertfordshire.

Arrangements by J.J. Burgess and Sons.