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Obituary and Memorial of the Late Joyce Mickle

Joyce passed away peacefully on Wednesday 14th June 2023 at Royal Stoke University Hospital, aged 88.

The loving mother to Heather and Gary, much loved mother in law to Gary Burgham and a devoted sister to John, Ronald, and Susan. Joyce was also a loyal friend and a much-loved auntie.  Joyce will be lovingly remembered for her warm personality and strength of character and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

Her funeral was held at Birches Crematorium,  at 11am on Thursday 6th July 2023.

Joyce was born on 29th December 1934 in Brandon County Durham to John & Ellen Welsh.  She was the oldest of their 5 children and sister to Audrey, John, Ronald & Susan.  Growing up in the war Joyce would love to visit her Auntie Mary & Uncle Stan who lived in Grosmont near Whitby, North Yorkshire. Joyce would visit Auntie Mary & Uncle Stan with her sister Audrey. They had many happy memories of these visits which made their time in Grosmont a nice distraction from the war. When Joyce turned 18, she began working at Morley’s in Meadowfield County Durham. It was at Morley’s that Joyce first met Cathy, her best friend and someone she remained friends with for the next 70 years.

Eventually Joyce left Morley’s and began working at Nesbitt’s record shop in Durham, which is where she fell in love with the music of the 1950’s.  During a night out to The Legion, a dance hall in Meadowfield County Durham, with her best friend Cathy, Joyce first met Ronnie Mickle. They went on to marry on 18th August 1956. Their early married life was spent in Brandon County Durham, where Ronnie work at the local colliery. In February 1961 Heather was born and the family remained in County Durham until 1964, when they relocated to Stoke-on-Trent. In January 1965 Gary was born, which made Joyce’s family complete.  Now living in Stoke-on-Trent Joyce set about bringing up Heather & Gary, she was a really thoughtful and caring mum. As Heather & Gary got older Joyce went back to work, firstly at a local supermarket and then at Lornate. Holidays always formed a big part of Joyce’s life, whether that was family holidays to Great Yarmouth, or her first holiday abroad to Gran Canaria, after which, she went abroad quite often. Sadly in April 1992 she lost Ronnie.

Joyce’s northern strength and determination meant that she focused on the future and moved house to her beloved bungalow, she passed her driving test for the first time at the age of 60 and she continued to travel abroad. She also continued to visit her family in both North Yorkshire and the Northeast. Joyce began to volunteer at the Douglas Macmillian shop in Biddulph, where she worked for over 10 years and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and chat with the people who came into the shop.

As Joyce got older, she stepped down from her role as a volunteer and her family and friends became the main focus of her life. She enjoyed completing crosswords and reading hundreds of books. Although she had lived in Biddulph longer than anywhere else – she never lost her Northeast accent or her love for a ham & peas pudding sandwich or a corned beef pie!

To everyone Joyce was the strong and determined one, the person who would go on forever and even though she isn’t with us any longer those characteristics are ones to be admired and ones that we can all embrace and from time-to-time channel ‘a little bit of Joyce’.

Joyce passed away peacefully on Wednesday 14th June 2023 at Royal Stoke University Hospital, aged 88. Her funeral was held at Birches Crematorium, Northwich on Thursday 6th July 2023 and conducted by Civil Celebrant Jill Young.

Joyce was brought into the chapel accompanied by ‘Sentimental Journey’ by Doris Day. Jill welcomed everyone to Joyce’s service and then read the poem ‘Mother in Heaven’. The poem was followed by everyone singing the hymn ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. Jill then gave a fitting tribute to the life Joyce had led and told her Eulogy. The service continued with a video montage and slideshow accompanied by ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ by Doris Day. The Lord’s Prayer was recited followed by further music for reflection: ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ by Mario Lanza. As the service concluded, ‘I’ll Never Stop Loving You’ by Doris Day was played as the Mourners left the chapel.

Attendees were invited to join the family back at the Lion & Swan Hotel, Congleton to continue the celebration of Joyce’s life.

Donations in memory of Joyce were gratefully received and donated towards the work of The Dougie Mac Hospice.

Attending Mourners were: Mrs H Jones (Daughter). Mr G Mickle & Mr G Burgham (Son & Son in Law). Mr & Mrs R Welsh (brother & sister in law). Mr & Mrs J Welsh (brother & sister in law). Mr & Mrs C Readman (sister & brother in law).

Mr & Mrs R Bowery. Ms L Taylor. Mr J Mayer. Ms R Duffell. Mr B Elliot. Mrs J Smith. Mrs M Foulger. Miss L Bossons. Miss J Bond. Mrs C Williams. Mr & Mrs J Russel. Mr A Hirst. Mrs S Hirst. Mrs O Hirst. Mr J Williams. Mrs S Creasey. Mrs B Ross. Mrs A Jones. Mr A Joynson. Mrs Y Krzymowski.


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