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Jean Riley. June 11th 1940 to January 26th 2021 - Aged 80 Years.

Remembering Jean

In memory of Jean, her daughter Donna and her partner Mike, shared some of their wonderful memories and reflections on Jean’s life. It is clear from these that Jean had a huge capacity to love and a zest to live her life to the full. Sharing many happy times with her family, Donna and of course Russell, Mike her beloved partner of almost 29 years, her Grandchildren Matthew, Charlotte, Anthony and Francesca, Frankie, and over the past 5 years the addition of her beautiful Great Grandchildren, Airton, Sophia, Jacob and Issac who Jean used to love to cuddle.

Mike and Jean became a partnership having met at the Solo Club in Macclesfield.  Seeing her Mum so happy gave Donna great joy and comfort and when the Grandchildren were small the family would spend wonderful holidays together in Jean’s favourite British destination – Blackpool.

Like many proud Grandmas, Jean would want to capture her grandchildren playing and having fun by taking lots of photographs and it became somewhat of a recurring theme to hear the plea of “no Grandma, not again’ as Jean would request another pose which momentarily stopped play.

Donna also recalls lovely relaxing holidays she spent with her Mum in Morecambe, another favourite British holiday spot.  They also enjoyed days out going on the train to Stockport were they would have lunch and treat themselves.

These simple pleasures often give the most joy and the happiest memories. Like all Mother’s and Daughter’s Donna and Jean would have the odd disagreement but they of course loved each other very much and memories of these holidays and outings will be remembered with great happiness.

After finding one another, Jean and Mike retained their own homes and independence whilst spending almost every day together, obviously a recipe for a wonderfully fulfilling and long lasting relationship – they would enjoy holidays together, both in Jean’s beloved Blackpool and abroad.

Mike recalls Jean once hailing a Yellow Cab in New York, thumbing it down as a native New Yorker.

Dancing was a shared hobby for both Jean and Mike and attending the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom was a favourite place to waltz, foxtrot and quickstep the night away. Living the glamour of a bygone era, the couple would dress to impress and take to the dance floor right up to just a couple of years ago.

Jean of course spent many years visiting her son Russell who was born in 1959, sadly with disabilities, which meant he needed constant care in a home, but Jean would visit monthly and take Russell out for walks. Later when Russell was moved to Stockport and confined to a wheelchair Mike would accompany Jean and they would take Russell out to Alexandra Park in Edgeley, armed with Russell’s favourite maltezers which he would enjoy by the bagful as they spent valuable time in the park, enjoying the even paths, lovely flower boarders and lake. Sadly Russell died in 2013 and Jean had a bench seat put in the park with a memorial inscription. Jean and Mike continued to visit to sit together on the bench as often as possible.

Jean was most certainly a wonderfully dedicated Mum, Partner, Grandma and Great Grandma whose family gave her so much pleasure and pride and with whom she made memories to treasure.

Jean passed away peacefully at Macclesfield and District General Hospital, on Tuesday 26th January 2021 aged 80.

The funeral was held privately at Macclesfield Crematorium on Wednesday 17th Febuary 2021. Donations were sent in lieu of flowers and were gifted to to Help for Heroes and East Cheshire Hospice.

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