Funeral details for Doncaster stately home owner announced

Rossington Hall owner Michelle Gee.
Rossington Hall owner Michelle Gee.

The funeral of a Doncaster businesswoman who helped transform a rundown mansion into a stunning wedding venue and restaurant have been announced.

Michelle Gee, who redeveloped Rossington Hall with her husband Gary, died last month at the age of 48 after an eight year battle against cancer.

Her funeral will take place on Friday - with mourners invited to pay their respects to Michelle who saved the rundown country home and restored it to its former glory after a massive refurbishment project.

A post by Gary on the Rossington Hall Facebook page said: "Following the sad news that we announced just over a week ago, we have been inundated with messages of condolence.

"We would like to announce that the cortège will leave The Old Stables, Wyndthorpe Hall, Dunsville at 1.30pm on Friday January 15 for a service at the crematorium at 2pm.

"Gary would like to invite everybody that knew Michelle to attend The Old Stables from 12pm on that day to celebrate Michelle's life ahead of the service. There will then be an open house following the service and Michelle wished that those family and friends wanting to, join Gary to 'mark the occasion'.

The post added: 'It's been an 8 year battle against cancer, of which she has had chemotherapy, fortnightly, non stop for an incredible 6 years. Her life expectancy back then was 18 months, but typically she would have none of that.

"After being paralysed chest down, with it going to her spine, she got herself out of the wheelchair, onto a Zimmer frame, onto walking sticks and then walking again. When it took away the use of her hands and arms, she couldn't beat that one, other than to have gadgets made so she could continue using her phone and computer and tv handset! Sadly the disease finally beat her on 28 December 2015.

"She loved Christmas and once again was determined to win that battle and see her last one. As was her wish she spent it at home, without pain and passed away peacefully whilst asleep. I consider myself lucky to have had the perfect wife and partner for 30 years! I just wish it had been longer!'

The couple purchased the hall, originally built in 1771, in May 2011 and restored it to its former glory, turning it into a luxurious restaurant and wedding venue.

Originally built in the 1700s as a family home, the original hall, also known as Shooters Hill, was burned down towards the end of the 19th century, but was rebuilt in 1881 and retained its original use as a family home. After the last resident passed away in 1937, Rossington Hall had a number of uses over the years including a training college for missionary priests and as a school for children with learning difficulties.

Unoccupied in recent years it had fallen into a sad state but four years ago, the couple purchased the hall and 250 acre estate and restored them to their former Victorian glory.

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