Service of Christine Ann Ollerton
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Christine passed away peacefully following a short illness bravely fought, on Wednesday 27th January 2021 at home and aged 67.
Christine Ann Ollerton was born in Manchester on 3rd July 1953 to the late Eva and George Conway. Seven and half years later along came her sister Susan, known to everyone as “Sue”. The family all lived together in what at the time was then the new garden suburb of Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe.
Christine first went to Poundswick primary school and then on to Old Wood Secondary Modern in Wythenshawe. As school wasn’t really for Christine, she decided to leave at the age of 15 and started her first job working in a hairdresser’s. She soon decided that this wasn’t for her either and then went on to work in the offices at Ferranti’s which was an international electrical engineering and equipment firm also based in Wythenshawe.
From a very early age dancing was Christine’s passion. She was a born dancer and performer. She started going to lessons for ballet and tap from the age of three. She took her first ballet exam at the age of four.Her dancing and acting lead her to perform in a number of shows. She won first place prizes in Butlins talent shows in 1963 and 1964. Her dancing even took her to perform at Blackpool Tower where she was based for a period of time. This meant that during that time, she had to go to school there. But, being a home bird, she was extremely home sick, so this sadly ended her time in Blackpool.
Christine started ‘courting’ Arthur during the early 70’s after meeting at a disco in Manchester. On 29th May 1971 they married at William Temple Parish Church in Woodhouse Park, Manchester. Their daughter Mandy Jeanette was born on the 12th October 1971.
In 1977 they moved to Congleton, to a newly built semi-detached house which they lived in for over 40 years. Then in March 2019 they moved into their newly built bungalow which was to be their retirement home together. Christine and Arthur rarely were seen without one another over their years together. In May they should have been celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
After moving to Congleton, Christine’s started working at the former West Heath Hospital which closed in1984. She then went on to work at Congleton War Memorial Hospital in the kitchen where she assisted the cook. She then eventually became the cook herself until she retired at the end of 2018.
Christine’s generally quiet nature hid a gloriously sunny personality. She was truly beautiful inside and out and she had an endless amount of love for her family and friends. Everyone who knew Christine thought of her as an absolute ray of sunshine and would always say how truly gorgeous she was. Christine was a true shopaholic when it came to clothes and shoes. Her wardrobes were stuffed full to the brim and it was rare that anyone saw her in the same items twice!
She was the queen of bling and the most glamorous Mum and Nan around town. She literally loved anything with glitter or sparkles. Be that the clothes she wore, the furniture she chose or her shoes and jewellery. Even down to the wrapping paper she used for presents had to be sparkly. So she wasn’t just beautiful inside and out, her personality was sparkly inside and out as well.
Christine’s all-time favourite occasions were seeing the incredible Diversity perform, not once but twice with her sassy dancing queen of a granddaughter ‘Gee’. Christine would just love any excuse for a meal out or any social occasion with her family. Christine was ways at her happiest when she was surrounded by her family especially at weddings, birthdays, Christmas and general get togethers. Being with her family and having food and drinks meant that she was in her absolute element.
It was only seven months before Christine was diagnosed with her illness that she had to deal with the tragedy, shock and devastation of losing her gorgeous granddaughter, Gee.
Christine was a beautiful wife to Arthur, loving mum to Mandy, caring mother-in-law to Mark, glamorous nan to Josh and Gee, gorgeous sister to Sue and sister-in law to Paul, George, Wendy, Alan and Carol, thoughtful aunty to her many nieces and nephews, and good a loving friend to many. She will be sadly missed by all.
The funeral was held privately at Birches Crematorium, Northwich on Friday 19th February.
The family are truly grateful for all the kind messages of condolences, cards and flowers that have been sent in Christine’s memory. We requested that instead of flowers, donations can be made to The Georgia Leigh Ogden Foundation.