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Stella Pearson

A well attended Memorial Service, in celebration of Stella’s life, was held at Bank Street Chapel on Saturday, 19th February 2011.

Hardworking, single minded, determined, strong willed, fearsome, cussed, caring, but with a sense of humour were some of the words used to describe her – HARDWORKING being the one most repeated!

Stella came to Bank Street at the age of 8 to join the Brownie Pack and remained a member of the Chapel until her death. After Brownies, she became a Girl Guide, Patrol Leader, Guide Leader, Tawny Owl and Sunday School teacher. Here she met and married her husband, George. Together they worked tirelessly for the life of the Chapel and Sunday School.

Stella’s skills as a dressmaker, tailoress, embroiderer, cook, caterer and cake decorator benefited all. In 1956, Stella became a member of the Women’s League and in 1975 the Bolton District Representative, followed in 1978 by the National Fellowship Secretary of the league until 1995.

In 1999 Stella moved to Castle Bromwich, where she lived with her elder daughter, ‘young Stella’, until her death. When she was admitted to hospital in the autumn of 2010, the authorities concerned with the care of the elderly were astounded that, at the age of 94, she did not have a care package in place! Stella was a widow for over 33 years, but remained independent until the last few months of her life.

Although many people will remember Stella as a person whom one should not cross, she did have quite a soft heart, would help out in times of trouble and was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Finally, her lack of fear was demonstrated one day when, after a driving lesson, she wanted to buy fish and chips. Loitering outside the shop was a group of teenagers who had a reputation for threatening behaviour. Against the advice of the driving instructor, she left the car and, undaunted, approached the group. Stella spoke to the boys, who parted to allow her to pass. On getting back into the car with her fish and chips, the instructor asked what she had said. ‘Oh, I asked if they were going to let me through. If not, I had a brick in my hand bag and would be happy to use it’ ‘And do you have a brick in your bag?’ asked the instructor. ‘No’ she replied, ‘but THEY don’t know that!’ Stella was only five feet tall, but was a force to be reckoned with.

Now may she rest in peace, once again reunited with her lovely husband, George, and never forgotten for the way she influenced all our lives.

                                                                                                     Ann Parker.

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