Birkenhead, Nellie Victoria May
Funeral report for the late Nellie Birkenhead The funeral has taken place of Nellie Birkenhead who died on 27th July 2008 aged 83 years. She was born in Northwich to Charles & Lily Dickens, the eldest of nine children. Brothers Claude & Arthur pre-deceased her. She attended School at Victoria Road and Rudheath. She married George in 1948 at Witton Church, Northwich. They settled in Braemar Avenue, Rudheath before moving to Castle in 1949. They had two children, Christine and Roger. Sadly Nellie was widowed in 1989. She was a charge hand with Lee & James paintbrush manufacturers of Witton Street, Northwich and during the war she was a welder with Pimblotts Shipyard. When her family were growing up she was employed as a cleaner at Baker & Wood Hairdressers and Charlie’s Taxis. She spent much of this time knitting cardigans and jumpers for her family. Latterly she was a part time sales assistant at Marks & Spencers where she accrued 25 years service. She enjoyed Saturday nights at the Winnington Rec. with George and her other interests included holidaying in the south of the country, reading, walking and gardening. She also took great pride in her home. Nellie and George spent many happy years helping with the care of their granddaughter Penny. When George passed away, Nellie became a dedicated volunteer with the British Heart Foundation working in the Northwich shop for over 10 years. She was also an active member of the Retired Staff Association of Marks & Spencers (now re-named the Tuesday Club) for many years. Nellie leaves her daughter and son-in-law Christine & Bob, son & daughter-in-law Roger & Yvonne, grandchildren Penny, Reg & Andrew, great grandchildren Annabelle, Sophie & Lucie, her three sisters and three brothers. The funeral service at Holy Trinity Church, Castle, conducted by Rev’d Carol Seddon, was followed by committal at Altrincham Crematorium. Donations were received for the British Heart Foundation. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Northwich.