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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Pillar of community who cared for all

open house: Jean Wall

JEAN Wall was a pillar of her local community in Milbourne Street, Carlisle.

The home where she and her husband, George, lived for all 49 years of their marriage was always open house for anyone who cared to call.

Elderly neighbours could always rely upon her to keep an eye on them and, in the winter months, she would make gallons of soup to keep them fed and warm.

Her family and her community were her life until she died, aged 71.

She was born Jean Ford in Currock, went to St Patrick’s School and then found a secretarial job at the Bendall’s metal working factory.

This was the only outside full-time job she ever had, for the rest of her life was spent at home, bringing up her family and, much later, looking after the grandchildren so that her own sons and daughters could continue to work.

She was once the Cumberland county high jump champion.

In 1956 she married George, a plasterer and a very well known and popular man in hound trailing and she soon became involved in vital behind-the-scenes activities such as arranging buffets and selling raffle tickets.

Her son, Lee was the Cumberland and Westmorland style world wrestling champion but had to retire after he injured his neck. Jean herself was captain and treasurer of the local women’s darts team.

Mrs Wall leaves her husband, two daughters, two sons and five grandsons.

She was cremated in Carlisle. The Michael Walsh company made the arrangements.

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