Farewell to popular Marlene

Geoff and Marlene Gardiner celebrating 50 years of marriage

Geoff and Marlene Gardiner celebrating 50 years of marriage

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More than 300 mourners packed a church to say farewell to a tireless community stalwart.

The funeral service for Marlene Ann Gardiner, 76, was held at St James’ CE Church, Chorley.

As well as relatives, friends and neighbours there were representatives from many of the groups and organisations with which she had been involved.

They included governors and staff of St James’ Primary School, Help the Homeless (Chorley), Friends of St James’, the Executive of the English Schools Table Tennis Association, players and officials of Chorley St James’ Cricket Club, members of St Peter’s Monday Club, of which she had been secretary up to her death, and many parishioners of St James,’ where she had been a PCC member for many years.

Marlene, of Froom Street, Chorley, died of cancer in Chorley Hospital.

Her husband Geoff said he and his family wished to express their thanks to all who sent sympathy cards and generous donations amounting to more than £950, which will be shared among various cancer charities.

Meanwhile, Marlene’s granddaughter Hannah has organised a wear it pink/bodyshop charity night at David Lloyd Leisure, Whittle-le-Woods, Friday, at 7.30pm, to help promote cancer research and in memory of Marlene Gardiner.

Hannah, who is studying for a BA Hons degree in music theatre at the University of Central Lancashire, wants lots of people to attend to support charity and have a great fun night with makeovers, facials, demonstrations, entertainment, singers and stalls selling many different products.

Meanwhile, there will be a memorial service for Marlene on Sunday morning, November 4, at St James’ Church, Brook Street, Chorley.