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Riley, Hilda

Family and friends attended the funeral of Hilda Riley, née Pickstock, who died on 10th January 2011, aged 86 years. Hilda was born in Rudheath to Arthur and Lilian Pickstock, and lived in both Northwich and Rudheath. She married George Riley in 1948 and had two children David and Susan. She was a much loved Mum, Mum-in-Law, Nanna and Great Nanna. Her early married life was spent with her family in the Whalley Road area in Northwich and she will be remembered playing along side the children of most of the families within that area. She was one of the organisers of local fetes often held at Witton Primary School, enjoyed by all. She was also one of the “responsible” adults at the annual bonfire held on the field behind the houses, supplying homemade toffee apples and treacle toffee and a fair amount of fireworks for the display. Hilda was initially employed at Broadhurst’s making biscuits. After a break, when she had her children, she returned to work in various canteens, where she made sure she had school holidays available to look after her family. She worked through the ranks to become Cook-in-charge at Darwin Street Primary School, from where she retired. She loved to travel, in the early days with George and the family in their motorbike and sidecar combination, and further afield once she’d discovered the joys of flying. She visited most of the European countries, then adventuring to America with George and also her cousin Marjorie. She loved to dance and eventually managed to get George interested; they gained a whole new company of friends, and often went on dancing holidays with them too. She will be sadly missed by all. A service was held at Walton Lea Crematorium, conducted by Steve Grant. Many thanks to all family and friends who were able to attend and a big thank you to all who could not attend, but sent their good wishes. Donations were received for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Lostock Green, Northwich.

Riley Hilda

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