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Friends and family mourn Newton Abbot community stalwart Lil

By Herald Express  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

STALWART: Lillian Balment

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THE funeral for Newton Abbot community stalwart Lillian Balment took place on Monday.

Family and friends filled the pews for the service at Avenue Church.

Daughter Christine and son Colin read tributes to their mum.

Singer Ruby Washington sang 'Wind Beneath My Wings' by Bette Midler.

Lillian Balment, known as 'Lil' by her friends and family, died in Rowcroft Hospice aged 61 on February 22 after a long battle with cancer.

She was involved with the town's Royal British Legion, skittle and darts leagues and was a landlady of the Keyberry Hotel.

Born in Westminster, Maryland, USA, Lil came to England at an early age.

She lived on a farm near Elfordleigh before moving to Teigngrace and then School Road, Newton Abbot.

For several years Lil was secretary of the Newton Abbot Royal British Legion Club and was also a volunteer welfare case worker helping ex-service men in the area.

Lil was the secretary of the Newton Abbot skittle league for many years and was its current president. She was also president of the South Devon inter-league skittles competition and was the proud owner of a Devon County winners trophy with the Newton Abbot team.

Recently, Lil served on the Newton Abbot darts league committee and was a keen euchre player.

She leaves a widower, John; daughter Christine, son Colin and four grandchildren.

Donations were made to dedicate a bench in Lil's memory at Decoy Country Park.

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