Rest in peace, Ennis

PUBLISHED: 17:55 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:26 25 August 2010

Ennis Smith's funeral

Bexley 30-09-08 Ennis Smith's funeral

THE extraordinary life of a charity veteran was celebrated in the church where she wed her husband 64 years ago.

THE extraordinary life of a charity veteran was celebrated in the church where she wed her husband 64 years ago.

More than 100 people attended the memorial service for Ennis May Smith, 83, of Lea Vale, Crayford, at St Stephen's Catholic Church in Deepdene Road, Welling, on Tuesday morning.

The former Dartford councillor died of pneumonia, on September 11, in Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford.

Family, friends and mayors from Bexley, Bromley, Dartford and surrounding areas entered the church to the sound of Ave Maria, which Mrs Smith chose herself as it was played at her wedding to Clarence in 1944 while he was home on leave from the Royal Air Force. The staunch royalist was granted her wish of having her coffin draped in the cloth from the ambulance service. At the age of 16 she succeeded in becoming their youngest driver during World War Two, after lying about her age.

Father Spencer joked that Prince Charles could not make the funeral, nor could his wife, who he said Mrs Smith referred to as Camelia. Her funeral was held later at Eltham Crematorium where her son, Terence, who flew over from Reno, Texas, where he is a professor, gave a speech about his mother. The congregation arrived to Three Times A Lady by Lionel Richie and before the committal, Il Divo's Mama - chosen by Mrs Smith's daughter - was played.

The crowd exited to one of Mrs Smith's favourite wartime songs, We'll Meet Again by Vera Lynn.

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