A HUSH fell over Newent as hundreds of mourners said goodbye to Lynne Downing today.
The beloved grandmother passed away on November 7, aged 55, after a battle with ovarian cancer.
Traffic came to a standstill as her funeral procession made its way down the High Street just after noon. Family and friends followed behind wearing black and red and some shops were closed as a mark of respect.
The bells tolled at St Mary’s Church as the grandmothers coffin was carried in to the sound of ‘I Will Always Love you’ by Dolly Parton.
Inside it was standing room only and Reverend Simon Mason said it was a sight Newent had ‘never seen and probably never would again’.
More than 270 cards of condolence have been sent to Lynne’s family and daughter Rachael Hutchins spoke of her love of gossip and knitting.
She said her mum had died in husband Tevor’s arms surrounded by her family as she wanted.
Granddaughter Summer read ‘Do not stand at my grave and weep’ but many could not help but shed a tear.
Rev. Mason said Lynne was a woman who made ‘everyone family’ and said Newent had ‘lost a friend’.
Lynne lived with Trevor in Watery Lane, in the same house where she was born on August 6, 1957. She also give birth there to daughters, Marie Downing, 36 and Rachael, now 30.
Rev. Mason said the 55-year-old’s home was well known as having a ‘revolving door’ with all welcome.
Lynne’s younger sister Susie, who sadly died 18 months ago, was also remembered at the service.
* The Citizen is publishing a special tribute in the newspaper to Lynne Downing tomorrow.