Emsworth community pays tribute to Lilian Rawlings

A COMMUNITY has paid tribute to an Emsworth woman who continued to work until her death at the age of 92.

Lilian Rawlings died on Tuesday, October 21 in St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

Born in Emsworth in 1922, she lived in Slipper Road and volunteered in the town’s Sue Ryder shop until she died.

Store manager at Sue Ryder Lynn Davies said Lilian was ‘an absolute inspiration’.

“She would come in and do a full day’s work and only take half an hour for her lunch, it was amazing,” said Lynn.

“She would be here rain or shine.

“She was very bubbly, witty and really bright.

“It was a privilege to have been able to work with her.

“I was very lucky to know Lilian. Everyone loved her.”

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, coroner Martin Milward said Lilian was ‘fantastic’ to continue working.

He said at her inquest this week (March 3): “Mrs Rawlings had done very well to still be working in a charity shop at the age of 92 – that is fantastic.

“A fall in March had taken its toll and led to her death.”

A retired shopkeeper, Lilian and her late husband Kenneth had owned one on Hermitage Hill.

Mr Milward said Lilian had been visited by her niece on the Sunday before her death.

The following day she was found in her home by a neighbour, before being taken to St Richard’s Hospital to be treated for a head injury.

She died in hospital the following day.