A firm in Banbury has employed its first female funeral director in its 130-year history.
Lucy Humphris, 24, has joined the family business, Humphris Funerals, and on Monday presided over her first funeral at Banbury Crematorium for a woman who ‘loved Christmas’.
Miss Humphris started working for the firm’s administration for two years.
The firm also includes her father Martin and his cousin, Christopher. His son Matthew has also joined the business.
Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Miss Humphris said: “It was my first funeral on Monday and it went really well. I was nervous but the main thing was the family were happy with everything. I am proud to be part of the next generation in the family business. I just love being there for the family and making it easier and taking the pressure off them. It is really rewarding.”
Miss Humphris will be starting her diploma in funeral arrangement and administration in January and has already received a distinction in her diploma for grief and bereavement planning from the National Association of Funeral Directors.
Before joining the company, Miss Humphris completed a diploma in animal care and worked as a receptionist for a number of companies.
Although she has carried out one funeral so far, she hopes to preside over some more in the new year.
Some of the main tasks of a funeral director include meeting with the family to arrange funeral details and to view the venue.
The business was started in 1880 by Joseph Humphris from his front room in Broughton Road.