Two Guide Dogs and a young one in training were among the congregation at the funeral of Marilyn Howells (80) in Weston Crematorium on January 12.

Marilyn always intended to be a puppy walker for Guide Dogs for the Blind when she retired, but by then, after three cancer operations, her health was not good enough. Instead she took dogs as boarders, on a bed and breakfast routine, for some years.

Born in northwest London, Marilyn worked for many years as a secretary to managers and directors, continuing this work after she and her husband moved to Congresbury in 1971.

She married Gareth in 1964.

In her youth, she sang with the Free Church Baptist choir and the Wembley Philharmonic choir, who performed at a number of Prom concerts in the Royal Albert Hall.

She continued singing after moving to the West Country, joining the Chew Magna Choral Society, of which she was a founder member, and subsequently became their secretary. Twelve years later, she moved to the Somerset Singers.

In the village she was a regular helper with the Over 60’s lunch club.

The Rev. Julie Letts, Minister of Congresbury Methodist church, conducted the funeral service.