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Joan passed away peacefully on Thursday 14th April at Royal Stoke Hospital surrounded by her loving family, aged 89.

Obituary of Joan Johnson

Joan passed away peacefully on Thursday 14th April at Royal Stoke Hospital surrounded by her loving family, aged 89.

The cherished mother to Paul & Heather, much loved Nan to Samantha, Katy, Daniel, Ella, Oliver & William. Joan will be lovingly remembered for her kind and gentle heart and love of her family.

The funeral took place on Friday 6th May 2022 and was held at St Laurence’s Church in Biddulph, and officiated by Cathy White.

Joan was born on the 10th of December 1932 in Craigside, Biddulph. The youngest daughter of William & Kate Price, she enjoyed a very happy childhood with her beloved sister Jean and much of her extended family. After finishing school, Joan got a job at Halsteads in Congleton where she happily worked as a Textile Machinist for many years. With her family, or friends and colleagues she visited many places with day trips & holidays to Blackpool, Bournemouth & even Switzerland.

In her late 20’s she met a young man named Eric, to whom she became engaged and together, they planned a future. Tragically, Eric was killed in an accident at work and Joan was consoled by her loving family. A few years later, at a dance in Trentham, a chance meeting saw her find love and happiness in her future husband, Wilf. Married in 1965, they went on to have two children, Paul & Heather. Family was always the centre of Joan’s world and she loved nothing more than doting on her children, always baking, cooking and making/altering clothes with her sister Jean. In fact, the two sisters were well known in Biddulph for their sewing skills, with many alterations being completed for those who knew of their talent.

Joan was also a doting Grandmother and her 4 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren were her pride and joy in her later years, always spoiling them where she could.

After the passing of her husband & sister, she kept busy and was still driving until age 85. She loved delicious food, in particular a cake or a trifle and always jumped the opportunity for an outing to go shopping or for a meal.

Declining health in more recent years saw Joan meet and form great friendships with her two carers, whom she adored and was so grateful for. Joan’s final years of life saw her love and appreciation for her family strengthen further still as they all helped to keep her comfortable in her own home.

Sadly, but peacefully, she passed away with her family by her side on April 14th 2022.

Joan was carried into the chapel, by Paul Johnson and Daniel Johnson, alongside two bearers from Lavin and Clegg.  This was accompanied by “The Blue Danube” by Andre Rieu.  Cathy offered words of welcome before the congregation then sang the Hymn “Make me a channel of your peace”.  Psalm 23, the Lord is my shepherd was then spoken.  Cathy then gave the mourners Joan’s eulogy.  Following the eulogy the congregation then had moment of reflection, and listened to “Seventy Six trombones” by Andre Rieu. Cathy then offered Prayers for Joan, the Lord’s Prayer and then prayers of Commendation.  Attendees then sang the hymn “All things Bright and Beautiful” Joan was then taken from the church to her final place of rest.  She left the church with “Les Patineurs” again by Andre Rieu playing. 

As the mourning party escorted Joan to grave, they stopped at the grave of Joan’s parents, and late sister Jean, and placed a flower wreath upon their grave.  
Joan was taken to her grave within Biddulph Town Cemetery and interred with her late husband, Wilf.  Cathy read the Poem, “I heard your voice” and Joan’s family then placed flowers in her grave.

Attending mourners were, Mr P Johnson (Son) representing L Johnson (Daughter in law), Mrs H & Mr K Bennett (Daughter & Son in Law) & Miss E Bennett (Granddaughter) , Mr & Mrs R & S Menzies (Granddaughter and Grandson in law) representing Masters O & W Menzies. Miss K Johnson (Granddaughter) & Mr L Mahan representing Mrs W Blakeman. Mr D Johnson (Grandson) & Miss E Hunt.  Mr P & Mrs S Pike. Mr & Mrs R Dale. Mrs S Leigh, J & P Lovatt representing N & R Knaggs. Mr C Leese & Jackie. Mr & Mrs P Leese. Ms A Hodgkinson representing S Hodgkinson. Mr & Mrs D Copestake. B Dale. J Menzies. Mrs M Sherratt. Mrs B Eggerton. Mr A Sherratt. Mr J Wilshaw. Mrs P Salt. Mrs R Miller. Miss S Watson. Mr L Sargeant. Ms J Garner Mr L Price. Mr & Mrs A Price. Mrs S Garner representing J Garner. Mrs G Price. Mr & Mrs H Moores. Mr and Mrs S & R Butler-Dodd-Thomson. Miss L Blakeman.

Donations were kindly given and made in the support of the work of Diabetes UK.

Linda Davis played the organ to support the congregation in the singing of Hymns.


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