FAMILY members yesterday paid their respects at the funeral of a woman thought to be one of Oxford’s oldest teachers.
A horse-drawn hearse was part of the procession to St Nicholas Church in Old Marston, for Carol Tasker’s final journey.
Mrs Tasker passed away on May 31, aged 103, in the Isis Care Home in Cornwallis Road, Oxford.
She lived in Old Marston for more than 60 years and taught upholstery at what is now the City of Oxford College for some 35 years.
A long-time teacher, she started late, aged 49, but in 1994 reluctantly retired when college officials realised she was 84.
And even after that she continued to teach at West and North Oxford community centres until 2004.
She was also a member of Old Marston’s Over-50s group.
Mrs Tasker’s husband George died in 2000.
She is survived by her two sons, Alan and Kenneth, two daughters, Judith and Carolyn, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Churchwarden Geoff Hale said: “It was a great service and very well attended. I would say we had more than 100 people, so we were pretty full.
“Mrs Tasker’s family made some very moving tributes to her and spoke about her long life and all the things she had done.
“She was a real character in the village, so lots of people knew her.”
Our top stories:
8:30am Monday 31st August 2015
A VAST digital network linking Oxford’s roads, streetlights, shops and car parks could transform city life, a UK internet chief said.
8:20am Monday 31st August 2015
A STRIKE will continue to disrupt train services in Oxfordshire today.
8:00am Monday 31st August 2015
A FAMILY was left outraged after an 11-year-old boy was told he would have to travel alone in a car driven by a bus driver for part of his journey to school.
8:30am Saturday 29th August 2015
A TOP transplant surgeon has backed the Oxford Mail organ donation campaign saying more donors are needed than ever before.
9:00am Saturday 29th August 2015
A RAPIST who disappeared before his trial to escape justice is believed to have had a second passport he could have used to flee the country.
8:00am Saturday 29th August 2015
MOVING tributes were paid to Carole Roberts yesterday at the former Lord Mayor of Oxford’s funeral.
7:00am Saturday 29th August 2015
Seven men have appeared in court accused of a catalogue of sex offences.
6:30am Saturday 29th August 2015
PLANS for an Oxford Garden City could return as the Vale looks to accommodate 4,000 new homes.
6:00am Saturday 29th August 2015
FULL plans have been revealed for 140 new homes in Littlemore near Heyford Hill Sainsbury’s.
2:13pm Friday 28th August 2015
A CYCLIST has suffered “serious injuries” after being involved in a collision with a car in Abingdon.
8:30am Friday 28th August 2015
AN MP last night demanded answers about how a rapist who was released on bail could have escaped justice.
2:54pm Friday 28th August 2015
TRAFFIC is moving slowly on the M40 near Bicester this afternoon due to an electrical fire.
2:14pm Friday 28th August 2015
A CYCLIST was involved in a collision with a van this morning in Oxford.
9:00am Friday 28th August 2015
A POLICING finance boss has vowed Thames Valley Police will not be hit with a predicted £43.7m cuts but refused to be drawn on how much could be axed.