Mrs R Beech
The funeral took place on 30th December of Mrs Ruth Beech, aged 94, of Biddulph, who died peacefully on 13th December at Royal Stoke University Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.
She was the widow of Mr Sydney Beech and a mother, nanny, mother-in-law auntie and friend to many.
As a teenager, she worked in the pottery industry and, during the war, was called to work at Swynnerton Royal Ordnance Factory. She used to talk of friends lost, both in the factory and at war during this time.
She met her husband, Syd, at the start of the war when she was 14. They married in 1944 and celebrated 52 years of marriage before his death in 1996.
They lived in many places in north Staffordshire but also lived in Adelaide, South Australia, and Stratford-upon-Avon.
They were wonderful parents and grandparents. Their great passion was dancing and they were great dancers. They would love to go on extended holidays to Devon, always staying in hotels that held evening ballroom dances.
Mrs Beech was devastated when she lost “the love of her life” but her family surrounded her with their love.
In 2011, following a stroke, she went to live with her daughter and son-in-law in her granny flat, in Biddulph, where she became the centre of family life. Always someone who made friends, easily, she would attend Moorlands Homelink on Thursdays most weeks and she treasured, times that she spent with the volunteers and members.
Mrs Beech will be missed but lovingly remembered by all her family and friends.
The cortege left her family home in Biddulph for the service and interment at St Lawrence’s Parish Church.
The Revs Keith Jones and Christine Broad conducted the service where Softly As I Leave You by Matt Monro was played on entry to the church.
Mrs Linda Davies was the organist for the hymns The King of Love and Oh Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go, and How great Thou Art was sung during the service of thanksgiving. On exit from the church, Unforgettable by Nat King Cole was played.
Mourners were: Mr and Mrs SJ Beech (son and daughter-in-law), Mr and Mrs A Turnock (son-in-law and daughter); Mr and Mrs C Graham, Miss ME Turnock, Dr JA Turnock, Mr MJ Lyons and Mr ST Goodway (grandchildren); Dylan and Leo Graham (great-grandchildren), Mr and Mrs A Hodgetts, Mrs M Zarro, Mr and Mrs I Baskeyfield, Mr K Baskeyfield and Mr and Mrs V Derevycky.
Mourners who met at the church were: Mr P Wintle, Mrs A Hawthorne (rep Mrs A Chell), Mrs P Yates (rep Miss R Gilman), Mr W Turner, Miss T Holloway, Mr and Mrs D and M Beech, Mrs E Mycock, Mr and Mrs F and B Plunkett, Mr and Mrs M and C Gibson, Mr A Gibson, Mr and Mrs A and J Pritcher, Mr and Mrs C and J Wilde, Mr and Mrs M and R Booth, Mrs C Dale, Mr and Mrs P and J Ellis (rep Mrs L Waller), Rev R and Mrs G Carter, Mr R Beech (rep Miss C Edge and Mrs E Beech).
Mr and Mrs S and H Harrison, Mrs J Forster, Miss R Cowen, Mrs F Taylor, Mrs J Foster (Moorlands Homelink), Mr N Brand, Mr and Mrs I Robertson, Mr and Mrs I Thomson.
The funeral arrangements and bearers were furnished by John Garside and Son, of Cross Street, Biddulph.