It was with great sadness that it was confirmed Liphook’s oldest resident, Avis Funge, died peacefully early last Friday evening after a short illness.

Avis celebrated her 104th birthday in early August this year. She had lived in and around Liphook all her life.

She was born in Jubilee Terrace on Headley Road – the youngest of four children – and in the last few years had been a resident in the Greenbanks Care Home.

Her mother and father were active members of the community, with her dad a founder member of Liphook United Football Club.

Her husband Arty, who died 27 years ago, was also heavily involved with the football club both as a player and committee member.

Avis was also very active in the village and was a regular at the day centre, as well as the bridge club, Ramblers and over-60s club where she was the honorary chairman.

She was also closely involved with Liphook in Bloom as a very keen gardener and a plaque celebrating her involvement can be seen on Portsmouth Road.

Avis was married to Arty for 55 years and she leaves four children, Peter, David, Joan and Susan, as well as ten grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

David Funge