Ellen Joan Pauline Blackburn (20 Jun 1925 - 16 Mar 2015)

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Location
St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church Tamworth Road Long Eaton NG10 1DH
Date
7th Apr 2015
Time
11.30am
Funeral Director
A.W. Lymn Long Eaton

Burial Details

Location
West Park Cemetery Lime Grove Long Eaton NG10 4LD
Date
7th Apr 2015
Time
1pm

In loving memory of the late Ellen Joan Pauline Blackburn

Ellen Joan Pauline Blackburn (nee Theobald), known to family and friends as “Joan”, sadly passed away whilst sleeping on Monday 16th March 2015 at The Royal Derby Hospital.

Joan, of Long Eaton, Nottingham, leaves behind her beloved son Nicolas, his wife Jackie, Grand-daughters Debbie & Sarah and Great Grand-children Jordan & Zane. Joan has a large family, around the world, and each of them she talked of fondly and often.

Joan was the only surviving sibling of five, born to Ada Florence (nee Stuart) & Joseph Henry Theobald, on 20th June 1925. A civil servant, Joan married Marshall Blackburn on 29th May 1948, before her twin son’s Nicolas & Stuart were born on Christmas Eve 1952. Sadly, Stuart passed away during childbirth, and following this Joan was devoted to Nicolas and remained so until her passing. Joan & Marshall shared 48 happy years together as husband and wife before his passing in 1996.

A devout Catholic, and parishioner of the St Francis of Assisi Church in Long Eaton, Joan’s faith came second only to her precious family; and the friends she met and made through church meant the world to her. Some of her most treasured memories were of her visits to Lourdes in France.

Joan was always passionate about helping others and regularly supported charities at home and abroad, with Marie Curie Cancer Care, Cafod and Treetops being just a few. She was incredibly popular with everyone who knew her; family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues, perhaps due to her everlasting kindness and never fading smile. Despite suffering inherited health conditions all her life, she remained a positive person, bringing out the best in those around her. Even during her final days she managed a smile and asked the nurses caring for her “are you ok?”….. leaving them with a lasting imprint of Joan’s warmth in the short time they knew her.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the staff of Ward 410 who cared for Joan during her final two weeks providing her with outstanding care, compassion and medical attention.

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Although Joan loved flowers, she was always saddened by the waste of 'cut flowers' and therefore expressed her preference of family flowers only, with donations to be made to Treetops Hospice - donations can be made at the funeral or via the link on this page. She also did not want family and friends all dressed in Black for her funeral, which we hope, will be a time for not only paying our deepest respects, but also a celebration of Joan's long and wonderful life with us.

Joan's funeral will be held at St Francis of Assisi Church, Tamworth Rd, Long Eaton on Tuesday 7th April 2015 at 11.30am. The burial will take place at 1.00pm at West Park cemetery, family & friends who do not wish to attend the burial are welcomed to share a drink and light refreshments at The Sportsman Inn, Derby Rd, Long Eaton, from 1pm.

Sarah Bardens donated £30 in memory of Ellen

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Doreen & Roy Beaman donated £10 in memory of Ellen

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Lyn Parkin donated £10 in memory of Ellen

Donation from family friend. xxx

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Sarah Bardens wrote

Donation from close friend and neighbour Janet Marshall

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neil theobald wrote

all our love , neil and the girls

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neil theobald wrote

Loved by all, auntie Joan. Neil & girls x

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neil theobald wrote

Auntie Joan was a bright light, never failing to lighten and touch all who came into her warm and comforting presence. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten in our hearts. Love Neil and the girls x

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Bev Lewis-Tatton donated in memory of Ellen

A lovely kind lady who will be sadly missed xxx

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Dianne Mitchell wrote

I was very fortunate to enjoy the company of cousin Joan and her beautiful family, once in the mid-80's and again about 5 years later. She was sunshine on a dreary day - warm, welcoming and very much appreciated. Her kindness to myself and my family continued across the miles and over many years. My children speak fondly of her and often. We were all blessed by her life. She was an exceptional woman, living a life of love and concern for others. My sincerest condolences to Nick, Jackie and family on the passing of your dear mum and nanny.
Dianne

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Kerry Curtis wrote

I have no idea why I called Debbie Christine. My apologies.
Kerry

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Kerry Curtis wrote

More than anything else I remember Joan's warmhearted, caring and positive spirit which she shared with everyone. Back in 1987, my sister Dianne and I began a three month backpacking trip through Europe with a visit to the UK. We understood that we had relatives in Long Eaton, so we decided to drop by and introduce ourselves. We were welcomed with open arms by all of our family members, who treated us not like strangers, but long lost relatives. Everyone was wonderful, especially Joan and Marshall, who opened their home and table to us while we were there. We were able to return to the UK and to Bonsall Street again a few years later, and it was almost like coming home. Nick, Jackie, Sarah and Christine were warm and friendly as always; while Joan started tea as soon as we walked in. I quickly learned that mealtime at Joan's was whenever we sat down, so I had to keep moving about or I would quickly gain weight on Joan's excellent cooking.
Joan was happiest while demonstrating her concern for others and while making other people happy. He home was always filled with people and laughter. People wanted to be in her company and visitors followed each other through her doors, knowing that, with Joan, they always would find a friendly companion and a caring friend.
She never seemed concerned about her own physical burden, although I'm sure it pained her, focusing instead upon the needs of others, whether family, friends or acquaintances.
With Joan's family, I mourn her passing, but I am also very grateful to know how much she enriched the lives of all who knew her with her unconditional love.
I do wish I could sit in her kitchen one last time, though, to see her smile light up the room as a loved one drops by to visit.
Thinking of Nick, Jackie and family at this time of loss.
Kerry

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Debbie & Richard Morley donated £50 in memory of Ellen

To our dearest nanny ..... Your gracious heart and kindness continued into your final days, always thanking the nurses, and telling them you loved them, when your pain was at it's worst. We watched over you in your final weeks and held your hand as you headed towards the narrow path, you saw your mum waiting for you and that have us comfort knowing your faith was ever strong.
The Lord gained another Angel the day you closed your eyes and went to sleep. Sleep tight little legs ...... We will always miss you, remember you and love you x in your words ...... God bless xxx

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Vera Badrock nee Beckett wrote

We always loved seeing aunt Joan, Marshall and family and whenever they came to see us in rode Heath where her dad once lived we always went to mum and dad's house to see them. Joan was a lovely person and always smiling.

God bless rip
Vera and David badrock and family

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