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Joan Mary Pillinger

"There is no night without the dawn. No winter without the spring."

Date passed: 15th of May 2018

Funeral date: 1st of June 2018

“There is no night without the dawn. No winter without the spring.”

Joan passed away peacefully in the care of Hollymere House, Haslington, on 15th May, aged 82 years.

The beloved wife of Eric and a much loved mum, nana and good friend, who will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her.


Joan was born in Manchester in 1935 to her parents May and Richard Carroll, the youngest of three siblings, Patrick, Margaret and Joan.

She married Eric in 1956 and moved with him to Huntingdon, Cambridegshire where Eric was stationed in the RAF. Their son Stephen was born in 1957. They moved back to Manchester when Eric left the RAF.

In 1965 they moved to Holmes Chapel. Joan worked at Crown Wallpaper Factory  for a while before moving to Beresford Canning Factory.

Joan became  self employed a few years later as a market trader on Sandbach and Congleton Markets selling clothes for babies.

In 1985 Joan and Eric moved to Australia to be near her mum and sister who had emigrated years earlier where she pent 26 years.

On returning to the UK (three years ago) Joan lived with her son Steve and his partner Jane in Crewe, she was fortunate enough to re-unite with some of her old friends from her earlier days in the UK who all welcomed her back and made her feel at home again.

Joan was an animal and bird lover and was devoted to her pet poodle Seth for 19 years.

She loved the adverts with the Meer cats and always laughed when they came on the TV. She loved robins too  and had the biggest collection of robin ornaments youve ever seen.

Throughout her lifetime she had many pastimes including line-dancing, swimming, reading, going to the gym and in later life craft making and enjoying a good film.

Joan was a very outgoing and sociable person who loved attending her clubs and meeting with friends. A strong and determinded lady, she would often say “I’ll be OK in the morning” no matter how poorly she was.

As her health deteriorated she moved into Hollymere House Nursing Home in Haslington. The staff there knew her as the ‘Smiler’ by all the wonderful staff there because they could always get a big smile out of her. No matter how poorly she was or how she was feeling they took great care of her and steve and Jane for which they will always be very grateful.

Joan’s funeral will take place on Friday 1st June at St. Mary’s of The Immaculate Conception RC Church in Crewe at 12 noon followed by cremation at Crewe crematorium.

For any further details regarding Joan’s funeral please contact our funeral home on 01270 584447.

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