It is with a mixture of sadness and appreciation that we mark the death of Alice Wharton on Friday 4th December 2009. Alice lived in Kirkby for longer than any other person ever has. She moved to a residential home in Huyton only after her 100th birthday but has kept close links with many friends here until her death aged 102. St Chad’s has been her spiritual home through all her years. The church was only 32 years old when she was born
Alice Wharton, nee Appleton, was born at Rushton’s Farm, Kirkby, in 1907. The farm was situated by what was to become the Bird’s Eye Factory. She was educated at Kirkby Church of England School and has maintained close links with the school ever since. Her memories have given children a first-hand taste of history.
Our prayers are with her son Frank preparing for Alice’s funeral, which will be in Church followed by burial in the churchyard on Friday 11th December at 12.30pm
Alice on the KMBC history web site in audio
It is worth viewing this and the subsequent 5 pages there