Widnes 'mum in a million' is honoured by her loving family

Alice Yearsley

Alice, aged 18

Alice with five generations of her family, Barbara Hodson, aged 68, Linda Abram, aged 48, four-year-old Lucas Nevitt and his mum, Bliss Nevitt, aged 27

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A PRECIOUS mum who has conquered cancer three times has been honoured by her loving family.

Mum-of-ten Alice Yearsley from Widnes town centre was treated to a special party to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Her daughter, Helen Jackson, aged 50, from Halton View, said: “She is a mum in a million. She is absolutely amazing.

“She has worked very hard all her adult life until her 70s.

“She is so strong.”

Avid Widnes Vikings fan Alice, an only child, was born in Rose Street.

She met her first husband, Richard, in the Queen pub where he lived, across the road from her home.

They had nine children. After they divorced, she married Len, and moved to Milton Avenue, where she had her 10th child.

She worked in a sweet shop in Witt Road and then started making baby clothes.

After discovering a lump, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Helen said: “She was cleared and when the cancer came back a few years later, she dealt with it again.

“She was determined it would not beat her.

“In her mid 80s, the cancer returned again. She refused once again to give up.

“We were all devastated. Alice had the strength to fight it like the ‘iron lady’.

“Life was good again until our sister, Doreen died. She was only 63. We were all distraught to lose her.

“This was the first time I had seen our mum cry, aged 86.

“We love our mother so dearly, we want to thank her for all she has done for us.”

Alice’s children Margaret, Linda, Eddie, Richard, Helen, Marjorie, James, Barbara and Derek joined 21 grand children, 31 great grand children and two great great grandchildren for a celebration at Birchfield Sports and Social Club.

Widow Alice wants to thank her family for the party and also Fr Malcolm Prince and parishioners of St Marie’s RC Church for a lovely bouquet of flowers.

 

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