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Obituary and Memorial of the Late Gemma Barthorpe

Gemma passed away peacefully on Friday 7th July 2023 at Priesty Fields Care Home surrounded by her loving family and friends, aged 49.

The cherished daughter & stepdaughter of Linda & Rob, loved daughter of Barry, much loved sister of Sean & Jess, treasured auntie to Paige, Myles, Ava and Hugo and great auntie of Penelope Pearl, great niece to auntie Bertha and friend to many. Gemma will be lovingly remembered for her sense of humour, friendly smile, unassuming nature and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

Her funeral was held at Birches Crematorium, Lach Dennis CW9 7SU, at 12 noon on Friday 28th July 2023.

Gemma was born on the 9th of November 1973 to parents Linda and Barry and little sister to Sean. Those early years of Gemma’s life were happy times, and even with the difficulties the diagnosis of diabetes brought with it, her childhood was a good one. Though, it was a distressing time for Gemma when her parents separated, and her dad Barry moved to Bulgaria.

Her Mum met her stepfather Rob a few years later and he was welcomed into the family. Gemma went to school at Elworth Primary before moving on to Sandbach Girls School when she turned 11. In the background was diabetes, a disease Gemma hated and never accepted.

After leaving school, Gemma poured her love into her work as a nursery nurse and childminder. Work was something that she loved and cherished. When she was 17, she learnt that her Mum and stepdad were expecting a baby, and Gemma’s excitement knew no bounds.

Seventeen also brought driving lessons, and she approached them with gusto, desperate for the freedom her license would bring her. After baby Jessica’s arrival, Gemma helped Linda and Rob with childcare and was happiest when looking after the new baby. Family holidays were a time for fun and would include the whole family, even Rob’s sister. Gemma and Elaine would often head out together. Gemma loved a good night out, whether down the pub, at a local club or a rave. As Jess got older, Gemma would often pick her up from school. Gemma also took Jess on holidays abroad. When back home, Jess would often catch the bus to Sandbach to spend the night with her sister. The bond they shared together was unbreakable.

Nowadays, most of us think of diabetes as being a manageable disease, and for some folk, it is, but for Gemma, it was really challenging and had a major impact on her health. She was affected by many of the dreadful complications that diabetes can cause. Stroke, kidney failure and eventual transplant and Retinopathy, which stole her sight from her, to name just a few. One of the hardest blows came when she had to give up her beloved car.

Joy came to Gemma’s life when she became an Auntie to Ava and Hugo and Paige and Myles; she doted on Jess’ children in the same way she had done years earlier with her baby sister.As Gemma’s health continued to deteriorate, she became confined to her home and reliant upon carers’ support, along with Linda and Jess. Gemma decided to move to Priestly Fields in November of last year. She was still able to regularly see Jess as she worked at the home, she also became friends with many of the care staff.

Gemma’s health further declined in recent months and sadly she passed away on the 7th of July 2023.

A much-loved daughter, sister, aunty, and a friend to many.  Gemma’s funeral was held at Birches Crematorium, Northwich on Friday 28th July 2023 and conducted by Civil Celebrant Laura Doherty.

Gemma was brought into the chapel accompanied by ‘Celebration’ by Kool & The Gang.  Laura welcomed everyone to the Service. A reading, ‘Aunty Gem Gem’, written by Ava Grace & Hugo was shared by Ava Grace. Laura then gave a fitting tribute and Eulogy – A celebration of Gemma’s Life. Following the Eulogy, Laura read ‘Rave On’, by Gregory Crocket. The service continued with a visual tribute and slideshow with music for reflection, ‘Don’t Forget Me’ by Dermot Kennedy. A Thanksgiving and Blessing was given by Laura, prior to the committal.  As mourners left the chapel, the music chosen was ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley.

Attendees were then invited to join the family back at DV8, Congleton to continue the celebration of Gemma’s life.

Donations in memory of Gemma were gratefully received towards the work of The Kidney Unit, Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Attending Mourners were: Mr R & Mrs L Loach (Mum and Step-dad). Mr & Mrs Whitehurst. Miss Ava Skipiol. Mr & Mrs S Barthorpe. Mr M Barthorpe rep Miss Paige Barthorpe, Mr Will Axon & Miss Penelope Pearl.

Mrs A Smith. Miss I Masters. Mr M Lockett. Mrs S Bloor. Mr R Jones. Mr & Mrs M Jodrell. Mrs L Jervis. Miss T Barnes. Mr & Mrs P Gordon. Mr W Gordon. Mrs A Moreton, representing Mr & Mrs Richardson. Mr & Mrs A Mitchell. Miss R Gibson. Mr M Barthorpe. Mr A Thornhill. Miss J Gregory. Miss M Townsend. Mr B Foster. Mr & Mrs P Wilson. Mrs L Nixon. Mrs M Starkey. Mr & Mrs A Harrison. Mr & Mrs E Kay. Mr & Mrs T Williamson. Mrs B Penny. Mr S Dunne. Mr & Mrs A Malley. Miss H Malley. Mrs D Meigh. Miss K Antosik. Mrs J Lea. Mr P Elliot.

The video of Gemma’s service is shown below.

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