Freda Winifred Kelbrick 1944-2019

The Kelbrick family would like to say thank you to all of the people who sent kind words following the death of Freda, it was very much appreciated by all of us.

Freda was born in May 1944 in Penwortham, Preston and took her first steps on VE Day. She went to the local St. Mary Magdalen’s Primary School at age 5, and later on to Saint Wilfrid’s School for Girls, which was in Preston town centre.

Freda left school when she was 15 and went into the commercial office of Preston Farmers, and met Ged at a youth club, run by the local church. As was the custom in those days, they had a five year courtship, at the end of which they were married in 1965. A change of jobs for Ged to the CEGB heralded their first move, to Manchester, and Freda’s first of a series of home making activities.

They later moved from a flat in Chorlton Cum Hardy, to their own home in Swinton. Whilst living there Abigail made her entry into this world and Freda took to motherhood like a duck to water. Her creational skills went into overdrive, with knitting, sewing, crocheting and lacemaking.

Things in the Power Station World were moving rapidly, and a house move came in 1968, when the family moved to Anglesey in North Wales. Freda organised the house move from Manchester. She was never fazed by the prospect of moving to the other side of the country. Indeed she relished the adventure. Fiona was born in 1969, and the family was completed when Steph was born in 1973. After ten years in Wales, it was Freda who said she was ready for a new challenge. The power station world had slowed down a bit, and so Ged accepted a 3 year secondment to The Atomic Energy Establishment at Dounreay, in Caithness (Near John o’Groats). Freda insisted that the family must be up there and established by the time the schools started. She organised a house move of 500 miles, and took the girls up there, on her own, by air to Wick via Aberdeen. Again, when the girls were settled into school, Freda organised a job for herself, running a nursery. Her sewing activities continued apace.

At the end of the three years the family moved down to Lancashire for Ged to work at Heysham Power Station and to look for a house. After months of looking, Butts House, here in Melling was reported and the family moved to Melling in May 1982. Freda excelled at the new homemaking, and began her new passion of patchwork quilting.

As well as being a parent at Melling school she later became the school secretary and a very hands-on grandparent regularly doing the school run. When Imogen left school last year Freda had been a part of the school for 35 years.

Freda and Sheila have run the quilting club for many years. She loved the monthly meetings with like minded women, sharing tips and ideas. She was also a prime mover in the organising and running of the village WI which later become known as the Thursday Group.

Freda began to suffer ill health about 10 years ago which was diagnosed to be Lupus, an auto immune disease.

She fought it bravely but could not fight the cancer to which she succumbed on August 17th. Her legacy continues through her daughters and grandchildren,and we will miss her terribly.


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