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Drinkwater, Zilpha

The funeral service was held at Holy Trinity Parish Church Castle on Friday 17th November 2006 for the late Zilpha Drinkwater of Castle who died on 7th November. Zi1pha was born 92 years ago in Yorkshire to Joseph and Margaret Alice Wilkinson. She was one of 11 children - 7 girls and 4 boys of which 5 are still living. Zilpha grew up in the poverty and economic depression of the 1920's and 1930's and like many young working-class women at that time she was put into service in Hale and Bowdon. Zilpha married Joseph Drinkwater and has two sons - elder son Keith and younger son Colin who has lived with her all his life and who was proud to care for her in her old age and infirmity. Her husband Joseph died in 1980. Zilpha has lived on Castle for the past 56 years and took great pride in her little home and garden. Zilpha was a happy and feisty lady and in her younger days she enjoyed visiting local carnivals holidaying with her husband and aged mother and playing bingo with her friends most of whom from those days have sadly passed on. In her later years up until the past year Zilpha was an avid "telly addict" and loved all the TV soaps quizzes sport (particularly tennis at Wimbledon bowls and snooker) "Songs of Praise" and Thora Hird was a great favourite of hers in "Praise Be" and she used to sing along to all the hymns. She also loved listening to records of Jim Reeves the Seekers and Ken Dodd and other light music artistes. She nearly wore the record out when playing "Candle in the Wind" repeatedly after Princess Diana's death in 1997! Zilpha was a wonderfully loving caring and protective mother all her life of her two children Keith and Colin and she had great love and affection for her sister Sheila and brother Roy and nieces Carole and Lynn who have always been a great support and comfort to her. Zilpha will be sadly missed by all her relatives and friends and especially her son Colin who was the closest of all to her. Zilpha is survived by her sons Keith & Colin daughter in law Danae granddaughter Marie and great granddaughters Gemma and Kerry. The service which was conducted by Revd Sheila Hughes was followed by committal at Walton Lea Crematorium. In addition to floral tributes donations were received for Alzheimer's Society. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service Greenacre Funeral Home.

Drinkwater Zilpha

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