Mrs Kathleen Celia Sillitoe (Knowles & Sherwood) : born 12 September 1929 – died 31 March 2018

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Name: Kathleen Celia Sillitoe
Date of Birth: 12 September 1929
Place of Birth: Salisbury
Date of Death: 31 March 2018
Place of Death: Liverpool
Funeral Date:
Date of Scattering or Interring: 31 March 2018
Status of ashes: Scattering on Water or at Sea
Place of Scattering: Windermere LA23 1LP, Windermere, Cumbria, United Kingdom, LA22 0JA
Information: Low Wood Bay pontoon, leading into Lake Windermere; was an ideal site for special memories to last forever for my mum.
Attendees: Martin Knowles, Janice Knowles, Michael Knowles, Paul Dixon, Elaine Dixon, Vinnie Dixon, Harry Dixon, Julie Forshaw, Marie Forshaw, John Harrison, Rachel Forshaw, Craig Forshaw, Gillian Cowley, Leanne Docharty, Lin Longshaw Parr, Ade Longshaw Parr, Lisa Knowles & Liz (hairdresser)
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Kathleen Celia Sillitoe was born on 12th September 1929 in Salisbury and lived in Sutton Veny Village in Wiltshire for the first 25 years of year life.
The eldest of 4 siblings Anthony, John & Rita, mum to Martin, mother in law to Jan, Nana to Michael and aunt to Paul, Elaine and family.
Stories of her time growing up in Wiltshire were affectionate being sent out to collect wood for the stoves and fires and apple picking in the local forest she also attending many a dance at the local barracks.
As the Wiltshire area was heavily linked to the armed forces it was no surprise that most if not all of them at some point where members, John served in the navy and Kathleen was in the WRAF.
She commenced a pen pal relationship with Tom Knowles, who lived in Liverpool and followed her beloved Aunt Dorcas to Liverpool where she became Tom’s wife in 1954 she stayed here for the over 60 years, even after she was widowed at a young age in 1968.
Whilst in Liverpool she worked in Littlewoods and was even one of the models at one point entering the Miss Littlewoods competition, she then went to work in Jacobs as an office Clark and stayed working there for over 20years. When she was expecting Martin and due to leave on maternity leave her manager at the time was shocked to hear she was leaving to have a baby as she had such a trim figure.
Kathleen loved her garden, which was affectionately known as the Meerkat garden by locals including taxi drivers when she used to grab one back from the Strand on one of her weekly trips.
Plant wise she did not go for all the pristine ones , she always took some from the poorly reject corner in local garden centres and loved to bring them back to life, she definitely had green fingers and her garden was her pride and joy.
She was an avid sports fan across numerous types but her favourites where football, darts, snooker and tennis and she could tell anyone the latest news/results. She loved her radio especially radio Merseyside, which she listened too daily especially in the evening she loved the discussions/debates with Linda Mc Dermott.
Music wise there was only the one in most recent years that she adored her Andre Rieu and over the last few years Martin and Jan took her to many events from theatre shows, horse riding and concerts including seeing her beloved Andre, in fact her last outing to see Andre in the Echo arena she was treated like a VIP with the security doorman pushing her past everyone else in the queue to get her inside just in time for the show to commence.
She enjoyed a tipple or two, just ask her nephew Paul regarding one of his visits to Liverpool with his pal in his youth. Whilst they were both green around the gills after a late night session with her and her pals in the local club, she was suggesting the same type of evening for the next night.
She used to go on regular breaks with her friends to Torquay and told us they used to try out the local whiskey on the first night, then they would take out their own in miniatures in the their bags for the rest of their stay.
She always looked forward to her yearly visits down to Warminster to visit her dear family Paul & Elaine where she enjoyed many an evening with them with plenty of drinks and nibbles and she loved pulling her goody bags together for the girls Emma, Kayla & Vinnie, then extended her generous nature to their other halves Simeon, Adam and then the children when they arrived Harry & Morgan and she would have been overjoyed to meet and cuddle the impending baby Stokes due in August she loved to spoil everyone she held dear in her heart.
The last few years she struggled mobility wise with her poor legs and she also became registered with the partially sighted, but this in no way stopped her from doing anything, she was always up for a trip out and loved going for meals, shopping trips, where she always bagged a bargain and a get together with family.
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She may not have been the most overly affectionate person but she was extremely generous to all she loved and every occasion resulted in raucous laughter there was always something that occurred when she was out and about from her projectile teeth trick up flights of stairs in the Empire theatre to telling everyone about some man that wanted a fiver for holding the door open for her to then realise he was stood right behind her listening to her retell the story and him then saying loudly hey love that was me.
Mum was very strict when raising Martin and many a time she used to say “I’ll give you a go along”, this gave Martin the basis for his life and growing up and his time in the army.
Even though Martin & Jan enjoyed many concerts with his mum Martin’s love was clearly apparent as he accompanied her to a few Daniel O’ Donnall concerts, which were not his cup of tea, but he went for her; listening to her singing all the songs at the top of her voice. She often told us that she had been in the choir when younger but we are not sure that she was really X-Factor ready.
The blessing is that she did not suffer a long drawn out illness and she will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her

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Marking the last resting place of Kathleen Celia Sillitoe, lately of Liverpool, 12 September 1929 - 31 March 2018

Event Date and Location:
Windermere LA23 1LP, Windermere, Cumbria, United Kingdom, LA22 0JA 01 January 1970

Beloved Mother of Martin, Grandmother of Michael and Friend to many

Date of Event: 01 January 1970
Type of Scatter/Interment: Scattering on Water or at Sea
Scatter or Location Marker (if any): Other
Location Description (and why chosen): Low Wood Bay pontoon, leading into Lake Windermere; was an ideal site for special memories to last forever for my mum.
Who Attended: Martin Knowles, Janice Knowles, Michael Knowles, Paul Dixon, Elaine Dixon, Vinnie Dixon, Harry Dixon, Julie Forshaw, Marie Forshaw, John Harrison, Rachel Forshaw, Craig Forshaw, Gillian Cowley, Leanne Docharty, Lin Longshaw Parr, Ade Longshaw Parr, Lisa Knowles & Liz (hairdresser)

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Mrs Kathleen Celia Sillitoe (Knowles & Sherwood) : born 12 September 1929 - died 31 March 2018

12th September 1929 - 31st March 2018
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