Mrs B Mottershead
The funeral took place on 6th February of Mrs Beryl Mottershead, of Congleton, who died on 13th January at Genesis Care Home, Macclesfield, aged 76.
She was born in 1943 in Corris, Wales. Her mother, Beth was a member of the Womens’ Royal Voluntary service and father Glyn worked as a miner in a slate quarry. Mrs Mottershead was the eldest of three daughters, sister to her younger siblings, Maureen and Thelma, whom she loved dearly and spent many happy an hour with at the family home.
In the mid-1950s an opportunity for her father opened up in the mining community of Staffordshire and the family moved from Wales to start a new life in Biddulph. This was a challenging time for Mrs Mottershead as she spoke no English, making interaction with others difficult; especially in secondary school. However, with strength and determination, she overcame these obstacles and became fluent in the English language.
Some years later, on a girls’ night out in the neighbouring town of Congleton, Mrs Mottershead met her first husband, Geoff. They married in 1961 and made their home in Congleton. They had four daughters; Dawn, Gail, Lynn and Jane. They lived in Congleton for many happy years, all enjoyed picnics at the Forge, Astbury Mere and Priesty Fields. Country walks were also a favourite, especially blackberry picking, along the canal. Sadly, after many years of marriage, they separated and divorced.
Mrs Mottershead later met and married her second husband, Eric and became a step-mum to Susan, the late David, young Eric and the late Robert, creating a happy integrated family.
During the 29 years together, they enjoyed hobbies such as fishing, wine making, car booting, shopping, walking and Mrs Mottershead enjoyed baking. Sadly in 2009, her husband passed away. Between her two marriages, she had 22 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She really came into her own as a nan and loved every minute she spent with them. She was also a mother-in-law, sister-in-law, niece and cousin.
Over the years, she had a variety of occupations, from industrial to domestic. However, her heart was always in the family home, where she excelled at creating a warm and loving environment.
In later life, she enjoyed going on holiday to Llandudno and caravanning in Wales and Buxton. She also loved to read and watch crime dramas on television.
As time went on, her physical health deteriorated and later she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Despite losing her short-term memory, the family felt comforted and thankful that her ability to recognise relatives never faded and neither did her sense of humour.
In the last eight months of her life, she was taken care of by the staff at Genesis Care Home, where she enjoyed engaging in various activities such as playing bingo, watching films and going to the hairdresser. She made good friends with the other residents and loved the interactions with the staff.
The Rev Steve Clapham conducted the service at St Mary’s Church, Astbury, where Dr Sally Drage was organist for the hymns Amazing Grace and All Things Bright And Beautiful.
Committal followed at Macclesfield Crematorium.
Mourners were: Miss D Turner, Mrs G Cunliffe, Ms L O’Reilly, Miss J Mason, Miss H Mallinson, Mr S O’Reilly, Mr C Chetwyn, Miss E Turner.
Mourners who met at the church included: Mr S and Mrs L O’Reilly (daughter and son-in-law), Mr P and Mrs L Bayley, Mr W Jones, Mr D and Mrs N Roberts (rep Mrs L Mason), Mr and Mrs D Mallinson, Mr and Mrs P Brady, Miss R Edgar, Mr F and Mrs D Mottershead, Miss L O’Reilly, Mr R Gill-Brown, Miss H Mallinson, Miss J Mason, Miss D Turner, Mr C Chetwyn, Miss E Turner, Mrs T Wilson (rep S Hine), Mrs L Lansley, Mr and Mrs Gibson (sister and brother-in-law, rep Mr D Gibson and Mr R Gibson, nephews), Miss G Cunliffe, Mr and Mrs C Jones, Mr M Frost (rep Mrs L Frost), Mrs B McAleer, Mr D Jones and Miss CF West.
Messrs Alan Finneron Funeral Directors, of West Street, Congleton, were in charge of the funeral arrangements and provided bearers.