Memorial held for Mabel

SCORES of people turned out to pay their respects at a service in memory of a well-known headteacher.

Monday, 17th April 2017, 5:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:33 pm
The ashes of Mabel Rankin, a well-known teacher, have been laid to rest at St Thomas A Becket Church in Warblington Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170480-1)

Former pupils, staff, friends and family attended a service led by celebrant Neil Sagar Stewart at St Thomas a Becket Church, Warblington, on Friday, April 7 in memory of Mabel Rankin.

Mrs Rankin worked at Horndean Infants School in the 1970s. She died aged 99 on February 2 at Pinewood Nursing Home in Chidham.

She had also earlier been the deputy head of Sharps Copse Infant School in Leigh Park and head of Stockheath Primary School.

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Mabel Rankin

Her eldest daughter Penelope Aeberhard said: ‘It was a very warm service, which saw family members give us insight into aspects of her life right from her birth in 1918.’

Mrs Aeberhard said she was pleased to see a former teacher from Sharps Copse Infant School and a former pupil, who now lives in Holland, attend.

Mrs Rankin moved into the area with her family when her husband, Eric, was appointed head of Warblington School, Havant, in 1964, a post he held for 14 years. He died in 2003.

She is survived by two of her children, Penelope and Paul. Her youngest son, Mark, an architect, pre-deceased her.

Mabel Rankin