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Lichfield Operatic Society were among mourners paying tribute to one of their longest-serving members at her funeral in the city. Beryl Clare, 81, passed away peacefully on February 21 in The Queen’s Hospital, Burton upon Trent, with her daughter Melanie at her side.
Beryl Clare
For many years Beryl had suffered with osteoporosis and then chronic obstructive lung disease during the last 15 years. The funeral service at St Chad’s Church on March 14 was followed by a celebration of Beryl’s life arranged by Melanie at The Cathedral Lodge Hotel where family and friends shared their memories of Beryl. Friends included Muriel Woodward who was one of Beryl’s bridesmaids in 1951, when she married Frank, who died in 1993. The service was conducted by The Reverend Wendy Dudley and included tributes to Beryl in words and music by her daughter and members of the Operatic Society of which she was a member for 54 years. Beryl took part in many shows and cabarets as well as serving on the Management Committee for 30 years. She was made a Life Member in 1987 and was awarded a 50-year Long Service Medal from The National Operatic and Dramatic Association in 2009. An Operatic Society spokesman said: “She was a lovely, kind lady with a great sense of humour even during the most difficult times in her life. Without doubt she will be sadly missed, but always well remembered with a smile.”