A FAMILY has paid tribute to a Cheadle woman who sadly passed away recently. Mandy Cope, aged 56, passed away on Wednesday, January 28 surrounded by her loving family. Born and raised in Cheadle, Mandy spent her school years in the Moorlands town before moving on to work at numerous places, including the Cheadle and Tean Times.
She worked for Lloyds TSB, at branches in both Cheadle and Longton, and also spent part of her career at the Tardis Surgery in Queen Street, Cheadle, as well as being employed as a cleaner at various vicinities.
Mandy loved to socialise, participating in many a karaoke night, and enjoyed visiting the theatre in her spare time.
She would rarely be seen without husband Kevin at her side, with the couple “inseparable” due to the great love they had for one another.
The pair met at the Bank Street Club in 1981 before tying the knot at Leek Registry Office on February 25, 1982.
Mr and Mrs Cope went on to have two children, Kim and Natalie, and one grandchild, eight-month-old Olivia.
“She was very easy going,” daughter Kim told the Times and Echo. “She would do anything for anybody, there wasn’t a bad bone in her body.
“She was very loving and patient. She was someone who was always there and was a good listener.”
Kim described how close her parents were to each other.
“They were completely devoted to each other,” she explained.
“They were inseparable. They both liked to go out socialising together and going to the theatre from time to time.
“They were never apart.”
Kim spoke about some of her favourite memories of her mother.
She said: “I’ll remember the time when we went on a hot air balloon ride that me and my sister got for her 50th birthday.
“Just me and my mum went up and it was really lovely. Also, we went to Skegness many times too so I’ll always remember that.”
Mandy’s husband Kevin explained how much he loved his wife.
“She meant everything to me,” he told the Times and Echo.
“We had a very, very close relationship, we went everywhere together and were never apart.
“She was so beautiful, everything about her was perfect in every way. She was so lovely and helpful.
“She went with me for 14 years listening to my singing on the circuit but never had sung herself.
“One night, she got up and sang and she got the bug for it. She was a very good singer and we have got all the equipment in the house from when we used to sing together.
“I absolutely adored her.”
Mandy’s funeral will take place on Friday, February 14 at Cheadle Parish Church at 1pm, followed by the interment at Cheadle Cemetery.
Donations will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association with those attending the funeral kindly invited to wear a hint of green in honour of Mandy’s favourite colour.
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