Obituary: Olive Joan Waterman

Obituary Joanie Waterman
Obituary Joanie Waterman

The funeral service for Olive Joan (Joanie) Waterman, of Caistor was held at the parish church.

The Rev Canon Ian Robinson officiated at the service and arrangements were by J W Varlow & Son.

Joanie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She was born on May 6, 1928 to Nelly and Bill Mansfield - the middle daughter of five sisters and a brother.

Joanie was a Yorkshire girl, born and raised in Middleton Tyas near Richmond.

On leaving school at 14, she started work as ladies maid at Middleton Lodge.

From there she went to work as a chamber maid at the Imperial Hotel in Darlington and later at Scotch Corner Hotel.

In 1948, she met a young soldier, Peter Waterman, at a local village dance at Scorton in North Yorkshire.

They married on the April 16, 1949 and were posted to Malvern, where they enjoyed an active social life with the NCO. Upon Peter’s demob, they returned to North Yorkshire and settled in Barton where she became a housewife.

In March 1953, they started a family when Stephen was born.

When Stephen started school at aged 5, Joanie started working again, as a dinner lady at Barton Primary School, where she continued to work until 1965, when Peter and Joanie started a sewing centre business in Richmond, Yorkshire.

They became active members of Richmond Chamber of Trade and in 1971 Peter became the Chamber’s President, which also happened to be Richmond’s 900th birthday and they had a great time attending various celebrations being held for the town’s birthday. They sold their successful business in 1972 and moved to Lincolnshire, settling in Caistor.

Not content to be a lady of leisure, Joanie went back to work at Cherry Valley canteen, looking after the directors at a lunchtime.

In 1977, Peter and Joanie’s family grew when Stephen married Pearl; she got the daughter she never had, as well as an extended and growing family.

One of her ways of showing her love for Pearl was to send greeting cards addressed to her daughter and her husband. Pearl and Steve were blessed with two children Andrew and Emma, who were the apple of Joanie and Peter’s eyes.

In 1988, Joanie retired and spent her retirement with Peter enjoying their bungalow, gardening, dressing dolls, dancing and attending the Royal British Legion in Laceby, where she was an active member of the Royal British Legion Women’s section.

In 2009, Joanie and Peter celebrated their Diamond wedding.

Unfortunately, Peter had a stroke in 2005 and a further stroke in 2006, which took their toll, but through it all they remained a loving and happy couple.

In December 2011 Peter died and a big part of Joanie’s life was missing.

She settled into a regular routine of trips to Lilac Court which brightened up her week and had recently returned from a visit to her big sister in Bicester in Oxfordshire.

On June 9, Joanie fell and broke her hip and she was operated on.

Despite the excellent care by all members of staff on ward B6 at Grimsby Hospital, complications set in and she passed away on June 26.

Immediate mourners at the service were: Steve and Pearl Waterman (son and daughter-in-law); Andrew Waterman (grandson); Emma Waterman (granddaughter); Mr and Mrs Peter Waistell (sister and brother-in-law, rep Mary Marine - eldest sister); Bill Mansfield (brother); Nigel and Fiona Cook (nephew and wife); Andrew and Joanne Banks (rep June, Angela, Tracey, Sally); Frank and Margaret Waterman (brother-in-law and sister-in-law, rep Jonathan and Helen Waterman); Geoff Cook (brother-in-law); Val Cook.

Others present in the congregation: Peter and Jan Marriott (rep Marie); Paul Marriott; Beryl Thompson; Rick and Shelagh Marriott; Sam Marriott; Jayne Marriott; Jack Marriott; Clare East; Bruce and Jacquie Marriott; Katherine Marriott; Joan Mulroy; Kay Mellors (rep Mick, Jenny Foster); Dean Mellors and Stacey; John Smith (Laceby Royal British Legion Branch and Club); Derek and Margaret Scott (Laceby Royal British Legion); Hazel Harries (Laceby Royal British Legion Women’s Section, rep Sheila and Harry Ricketts); Marjorie Whitworth (Laceby Royal British Legion Women’s Section, rep Cliff); Jean Burt, Val Grundy, Bardie Heald (Laceby Royal British Legion Women’s Section); Helen Sheard; David and Jill Naylor; Val Waddington; Sheila Wilmot (rep Mr M J Wilmot); Margaret Bennett; Mrs Lou Tinker; Bob and Joanne Mumby; Anne Scott (rep Brian and Eileen Lingard); Susan Scott (rep Graham Scott, David Scott); Darren Gaughan; Tony and Jill Maund; Mrs Chris Banham (rep Martin); Jill Miller; Terry and Penny Box; Paul and Christine Horsley (rep Hannah, Joe, Peter); Mary Gaughan (rep John and Rita); Jean Mumby (rep Steve, Sean, Roysin); Jenny Smith (rep Marion Surfleet, Lilac Court); Brendon Mahern, Amanda Armstrong (rep Lilac Court); Steve Bailey (Lilac Court transport); Paul Schofield (rep Carrie Schofield); Philip Schofield (rep Jo Schofield); Linda Percival (rep Reg).