THE funeral of Jean Borrow, the former deputy head at The Purbeck School, takes place on Wednesday, March 3, at Harbour View Crematorium.

Her funeral will be a small family affair, but the cortege will leave Ridge for Wareham at 10am, pausing in the little square at St John's Hill before driving along Sandford Road to Harbour View

Jean was 97-years-old and worked at Swanage Modern until it amalgamated with four other local schools to become The Purbeck School.

She worked there and retired as deputy head 32 years ago, aged 65.

Her working life didn't stop there though and she went on to devote hours and hours every week to the Wareham and Purbeck Cancer Charity Shop at St John's Hill in Wareham.

She was only stopped because of an unfortunate fall she had one morning on her way to work, aged 94.

After that she still continued playing and keeping score for the local Stoborough Women's Institute Skittles Group until January 2020 when everything ground to a halt.

Jean's daughter Penny Borrow said: "Mum was very well known and respected by so many people in the Purbecks and we want to let as many people as possible know how much she loved living in Wareham and how much she appreciated all the things it gave her throughout many years of her long life."

Donations in her memory can be made to "The Wareham and Purbeck Cancer Charity", St John's Hill in Wareham.

Penny said: "The little shop she used to help run is now teetering on the brink of collapse. Mum saved it a few years ago when its national charity underwriters suddenly pulled out.

"She would be utterly delighted if she could help it to survive now from her death bed.

"Her funeral will be a small family affair on Wednesday, March 3, but her cortege will leave Ridge for Wareham at 10am and will pause briefly in the little square at St John's Hill before driving on along Sandford Road to Harbour View Crematorium."