Doreen Leonard

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23/08/1935 – 25/01/2021

Redruth, Cornwall

 

 

Our mum was born at Mill Street, Ancoats, Manchester in 1935. As a small child, she would play in the street with neighbours and sit on the front doorstep with her brother. As she got older she loved ballroom dancing and used to go to the local dance hall with her brother Frank. She won medals as a girl for the Waltz, Tango and Foxtrot. She went to Catholic school in Bradford, Manchester and when her father Frank died her mum Doris brought Doreen and Frank up by herself on a small wage she earned working in the mills.

 

As a teenager mum went on holiday to the Isle of Man. Where she enjoyed staying in a guest house with her mum, brother and friends. They travelled on the train to Liverpool and then on the Isle of Man Ferry to Douglas. The guest house was right on the seafront. As mum got older she got her first job as a glassblower in Miles Platting in Manchester, but we aren’t sure why but, she left and got a job at Woolworths in the cafe. Here she met a girl called Veronica who introduced mum to Harry, our dad. They courted for quite a while and in 1959 they married and proceeded to have 7 children. When we were growing up mum would wash all of our clothes in the twin tub and put them all through the mangle in the backyard. On a Sunday she would make Sunday roast dinner for 12 lunch. And then spend the rest of the day ironing our clothes and polishing our shoes for school and pressing dad’s shirts. She’d make fairy cakes and victoria sponge. And for supper, we would have macaroni cheese on toast. She was a brilliant cook. And the best mum ever.

 

In 2003 mum moved to Cornwall with the youngest child Jason and his wife Kerry. Mum loved Cornwall and thoroughly enjoyed walking, bowls, line dancing and was a member of U3A. It was lovely to see her finally resting and enjoying herself. We were very sad when mum started getting poorly about 10 years ago. But she always smiled and always said she was fine.

 

We will always remember our beautiful mum and her happy smiling face.

 

 

Mum, you worked so hard all of your life to give us the best life you could. You always smiled even when times were hard. We all miss you so much.

 

We will hold your smiling face in our minds and hearts forever. With love, your children and daughters-in-laws and son-in-laws and your grandchildren and great-grandchildren and your nieces and nephews. We will all miss you every minute of every day. Xxx

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