The funeral was held recently (21st February) for Marjorie McGowan of Davenham, who died on 7th February 2011, aged 86 years. Marjorie was born in Rudheath to Richard and Lucy Olive Evans. She attended Victoria Road School, after leaving school she entered a wartime reserved occupation with Northwich Urban District Council where she worked for the Treasurer until her marriage to Gordon Hubert McGowan. They married in Abadan at St Christopher's Church and a year later their only son John was born. Gordon was tragically killed the following year just before their second wedding anniversary and Marjorie returned to live with her parents in Rudheath, and after a time returned to work for NUDC in the Health Department. She later worked for Northwich Rural District Health Department and latterly Vale Royal BC. She took early retirement in 1983. As a girl Marjorie joined Winnington Girl Guides and became a Lieutenant Guider. Her involvement with the Guides gave her a love of fell walking and cycling spending all her holidays before marriage walking or cycling in the Lake District, North Wales and the Peak District, she was to pass on this love of hill walking to John. In later years after retirement she regularly walked the Cheshire country side with friends. She was a keen sportswoman whose activities included swimming and playing badminton for several local clubs, tennis with work colleagues and watching test cricket. In later life she played bowls for Bostock WI and entered into all other competitions often winning especially the baking at which she excelled. For many years she was secretary and then treasurer for Bostock WI. She had a long illness, unable to fully recover from pneumonia that struck in May 2010 when she was admitted to Leighton Hospital where she spent most of the last months of her life, she grew progressively weaker unable to stave off other infections and died in Leighton Hospital on 7th February 2011. She is survived by her son John. The service at St Helenís Parish Church, Northwich was conducted by Revd Malcolm Cowan, prior to interment at Northwich Cemetery. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Lostock Green, Northwich.