A MUCH-loved St Helens woman was given a fitting send-off by family and friends.
Because Joan Jones’ funeral was held at 11am on 11/11/11 after she died while living at 11 Heald Farm Court.
Mrs Jones, nee Harrop, died aged 84 on November 3 in Warrington Gneral Hospital after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
The mother-of-six’s beloved family arranged for her service to start after a horse drawn carriage made the short journey from Mrs Jones’ last home, past the nearby Neville Street address where she was born, in time for the service at Newton Baptist Church.
Mrs Jones’ youngest daughter, Marie Greenall, described her as “a fantastic mum”.
She said: “Mum was very witty and easy going and had a fantastic sense of humour. Even when she was in hospital she kept her spirits high.
“She had her first child, Lesley, at the age of 19 and had me and Allan, who are twins, at the age of 44. She had children in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s and worked hard to bring us all up on her own too.
“She loved her beach holidays to Devon and made sure she always took us away every year. She was a fantastic mum.”
Mrs Greenall added: “A lot of people around Earlestown would know mum from her time serving fish and chips at Stuart’s Chippy on the High Street.
“And, believe it or not, she had 56 grandchildren and great-grandchildren when she died - but she was very good at remembering all their names!”