Our Molly was ‘irreplaceable’

PRESENTATION TO LOLLIPOP LADY AT LITTLE COMMON SCHOOL'BH12003'ROBIN POLL, MOLLY RUMSEY, DAVID PRATT
PRESENTATION TO LOLLIPOP LADY AT LITTLE COMMON SCHOOL'BH12003'ROBIN POLL, MOLLY RUMSEY, DAVID PRATT

Tributes have been paid to a much-loved and long-serving lollipop lady, who passed away at the weekend.

Molly Rumsey was a familiar face in Little Common where she had worked as a lollipop lady at the primary school for more than 35 years.

Bexhill-born Molly married Fred in 1958 and spent much of her married life in Little Common.

The couple, who ran a livestock farm in the area, had five children – Gary, Tracy, Ian, Darrel and Belinda - and 10 grandchildren.

Molly’s crossing career began at the Barrack Road School in the 1960s before she moved to Little Common School, 35 years ago.

Head teacher Linda Appleby said: “She has been a vital member of our Little Common School community for many years.

“Not only do our children know her, but the parents crossed the road with her too.”

The children held a special assembly in memory of Molly on Wednesday (November 25).

Ms Appleby said the school wants to create something in Molly’s honour, and the pupils are being asked for their ideas.

She added: “They really felt loved by her.

“So we are extremely sad.

“She was irreplaceable.”

In 2010, Molly was recognised for her service to the community with an award from the Senlac Rotary Club.

She also assisted in giving road safety presentations to pre-school children.

Molly, 77, passed away at the Irvine Unit in Bexhill Hospital on Saturday morning (November 21).

Son Ian said: “She was a forthright, determined woman.

“She is much missed by her children and grandchildren.”

Molly’s funeral will take place at St Mark’s Church in Little Common on Thursday December 10.

All are welcome to the service, which starts at 2pm.

A private family cremation will follow at 4pm.

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