Joanne Kershaw

  • Born: 24 April 1938
  • Died: 19 September 2020

Special mum and grandma

My mum was born in Preston to Jessie and Thomas. She had a younger brother, David and was brought up in the catholic faith. She initially started work in a cotton mill until she met my dad whilst dancing at Blackpool Ballroom. My dad was in the RAF and he still had letters that she wrote him. They set up home in Manchester where my dad started work as a bus driver. They were heavily involved in Manchester City Supporters Club and followed them all over. They married on 17 March 1961 and moved to Farnworth. My mum started work in the laundry at Townleys Hospital in Bolton. In 1967 they adopted me and we moved to Mayfield Ave, Farnworth. They then owned an off licence in Farnworth before moving to Breightmet. My mum then started a new job in the bus drivers canteen at Bolton where my dad moved to as well as a bus driver. We then moved to Radcliffe and my mum continued to work in the canteen where she did become a manager. After awhile she moved to a smaller canteen on the bus station. She worked there for over 20 years until her first grandchild (Karl) was born and she took early retirement. She loved being a grandma and was delighted when her second grandchild (Bethany) came along. She would often be found playing cricket and swing ball in the garden or sitting for hours playing board games or cards with her grandkids. She would read to them all the time and was always demoted to the back seat of the car on the various day trips they went on. She sadly missed my dad who passed away in 2011 but would always have time for her family. Her favourite hobbies were knitting and crocheting as well as doing jigsaws. She used to love going to the garden centre or craft shows and loved going out for lunch or making Beths tea each week. She had a special bond with her son in law (Phil) who visited her daily at her new home at Peachment Place where she moved in 2019. He regularly took her chocolate eclairs or apple pies which were some of the only things we could get her to eat towards the end. She has been lovingly looked after by the carers from Persona who have become her friends over the last 18 months. She was also cared for by the amazing district nurses during her final week and special thanks to Dr Khan and staff at Mile Lane Surgery. We are just having family flowers and asking for donations to either Bury Society for the Blind (who helped my mum due to her being blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other) or Bury Hospice who are struggling at the moment due to the current COVID situation.

Special mum and grandma

My mum was born in Preston to Jessie and Thomas. She had a younger brother, David and was brought up in the catholic faith. She initially started work in a cotton mill until she met my dad whilst dancing at Blackpool Ballroom. My dad was in the RAF and he still had letters that she wrote him. They set up home in Manchester where my dad started work as a bus driver. They were heavily involved in Manchester City Supporters Club and followed them all over. They married on 17 March 1961 and moved to Farnworth. My mum started work in the laundry at Townleys Hospital in Bolton. In 1967 they adopted me and we moved to Mayfield Ave, Farnworth. They then owned an off licence in Farnworth before moving to Breightmet. My mum then started a new job in the bus drivers canteen at Bolton where my dad moved to as well as a bus driver. We then moved to Radcliffe and my mum continued to work in the canteen where she did become a manager. After awhile she moved to a smaller canteen on the bus station. She worked there for over 20 years until her first grandchild (Karl) was born and she took early retirement. She loved being a grandma and was delighted when her second grandchild (Bethany) came along. She would often be found playing cricket and swing ball in the garden or sitting for hours playing board games or cards with her grandkids. She would read to them all the time and was always demoted to the back seat of the car on the various day trips they went on. She sadly missed my dad who passed away in 2011 but would always have time for her family. Her favourite hobbies were knitting and crocheting as well as doing jigsaws. She used to love going to the garden centre or craft shows and loved going out for lunch or making Beths tea each week. She had a special bond with her son in law (Phil) who visited her daily at her new home at Peachment Place where she moved in 2019. He regularly took her chocolate eclairs or apple pies which were some of the only things we could get her to eat towards the end. She has been lovingly looked after by the carers from Persona who have become her friends over the last 18 months. She was also cared for by the amazing district nurses during her final week and special thanks to Dr Khan and staff at Mile Lane Surgery. We are just having family flowers and asking for donations to either Bury Society for the Blind (who helped my mum due to her being blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other) or Bury Hospice who are struggling at the moment due to the current COVID situation.