Friends joined with the family mourners on Monday, June 23, at St Johns Church, Cotton, for the funeral of Mrs Helen Rushton, formerly of Cheadle and Cauldon Lowe.
She passed away at Ladydale Residential Home, Leek, on Monday, June 9. She was 94.
The service was conducted by the Reverend Carol Richardson, with a tribute given by Mr Malcolm Rushton, and interment followed at Cotton Cemetery.
Helen Prince was born at Archbury Cottages, Whiston, on the 9th of January, 1920.
There she spent a very happy childhood with her seven brothers and three sisters, attending the local village school until the age of 14.
On leaving school she would dearly have loved to train as a teacher.
However, being the eldest girl in a family of 11 children, she was reguired to help at home looking after her younger siblings.
Eventually she was employed in service in Leek, living in with the Whittle family, only returning home on her day off.
She enjoyed the work and a whole new world opened up to her in the evenings with cinema visits and dancing at the weekend.
With the outbreak of war she was assigned to work on munitions at Thomas Bolton, Oakamoor – later moving to the Froghall site.
Cotton Church Rooms (Cotton Hut) was the "in" place for dancing at this time and it was here Helen met her future husband Stanley, later marrying at Cauldon Church on 27th June, 1942. They set up home at East View, Cauldon Lowe, where she loved helping on the farm at the same time as raising a family of five.
Eventually the farm was sold and when Stanley retired from the cement works they moved to Cheadle.
Here they enjoyed quite a busy social life, visiting the local cricket club for bingo during the week and watching cricket matches at the weekend.
There were also Saturday and Sunday nights at Earles Social Club to look forward to, and the Master Potter was just around the corner.
Holidays with the family, Llandudno being a favourite, and day trips out, were also enjoyed.
After stanley passed away eight years ago in 2006 after 64 years of marriage, mum retained her independence and remained in her bungalow until her health began to fail.
Subsequently she has spent the last 15 months living in Ladydale Residential Home in Leek, where she was well cared for and very happy.
To have reached 94 years of age and survived all that life had thrown at her was quite an achievement.
Helen enjoyed very good health throughout her long life and, as previously mentioned, until a few months ago was still living on her own, enjoying a daily routine which included attending the Cheadle Homelink Day Centre twice a week.
Helen was a special friend to many and had a mischievous sense of fun and good humour which always shone through.
Whenever you saw her, even towards the end of her life you always left with a smile on your face.
To be cheery and positive as much as she was no matter what had happened is a quality that has to be admired.
She could be relied on to find a way around most problems.
She was a down to earth person, unassuming, satisfied with simple pleasures that life offered.
She never worried about what she didn't have or hadn't done.
She only ever went abroad once and had never been on an aeroplane, but took great pleasure in the things that were dear to her – the family, her home, and her hobbies.
She enjoyed knitting, bingo, jigsaws, watching TV, particularly sport – snooker and cricket especially – and crosswords. She was an exceptional cook.
Mum and dad enjoyed 64 years of married life together.
Mum was a devoted wife and was really the rock the family was built on, always there to keep thngs on an even keel.
In Stanley's final days mum worked really hard attending to his needs and this told on her stamina.
She was immensely proud of her nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and was always pleased to see them.
Above all else she was a wonderful mum, mother-in-law, grandma and great grandma.
She possessed sound principles and set certain standards throughout her life which her children were expected to follow. She was always on hand to offer advice in a kind, patient and understanding way.
Just as with everything that had happened in her life, she accepted her final days with dignity and was most concerned that she wasn't causing anyone too much trouble.
Family mourners were: Mr and Mrs M Rushton (son and daughter-in-law), Mr and Mrs E Godwin (daughter and son-in-law), Mrs H Glidden (daughter) and Mr M Jackson, Mr and Mrs D Rushton (son and daughter-in-law) Mr and Mrs A Pickering (daughter and son-in-law), Mr and Mrs M Rushton, Mr and Mrs A Rushton, Mr and Mrs N Rushton, Mr and Mrs I Godwin, Mr and Mrs N Godwin, Miss C Goodwin and Mr S Lunn, Mr and Mrs C Lau, Miss S Pickering and Mr A Horrocks, Miss L Pickering and Mr W Rawson (grandchildren), Beth Godwin, Jack Godwin (great-grandchildren), Mrs F Prince (sister-in-law) also representing Mr P Prince (brother) and Mr S Prince (nephew), M T G Kent (brother-in-law), Valerie Keates also representing Sandra Chanot and Yvonne Callear, Mr and Mrs Malcolm Spencer, Mr and Mrs R Fairbanks, Wendy and John Harrison also representing Rachel, Paul and family, Andrew and family and Margaret and Michael Prince (all nieces and nephews), Tom and Joy Prince, Hannah Prince (cousins), Gilliam and Ivan Cooper (niece and nephew) also representing Mr and Mrs D Cooper and family and Mr and Mrs E Cooper and family.
Bearers were: Mr I Godwin, Mr N Godwin, Mr M Rushton, Mr A Rushton, Mr N Rushton (grandsons).
Funeral arrangements were by S Sigley & Sons, Lyndhurst House, Queen Street, Leek.