Elizabeth Catherine Walker Pickering [1820-1895]

1895 | Death of Mrs. Pickering, of New Brighton.

Elizabeth Walker Pickering

It is with deep regret we record the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Pickering, who for many years resided at Montebello, St. George's Mount, New Brighton. The deceased lady, who was in her 76th year, left the district in October last on a visit to her son-in-law at Southampton, where she passed peacefully away on the 2nd inst.

She was the widow of Mr. Charles W. H. Pickering, J.P., a former member of the Wallasey Local Board, who died in 1881. Both during the lifetime of her husband and subsequently, Mrs. Pickering was well-known for her charitable benefactions, which were none the less appreciated from the fact that they were invariably dispensed in a quiet and unostentatious manner. An appeal in a deserving cause was never made to her in vain, and it can truly be said that her loss will be acutely felt in all parts of the district.

While a liberal supporter of the whole of the Wallasey charities, Mrs. Pickering was more particularly interested in the New Brighton and Liscard District Nurse Society, of which she was one of the original promoters and of which she held the position of president at the time of her death.

The remains of the deceased lady were removed from Southampton to New Brighton on Saturday, and were on Tuesday afternoon laid to rest in the family vault at Wallasey Churchyard in the presence of a large gathering of sorrowing relatives and friends. The officiating clergy were the Rev. Canon Linton (St. Mary's., Birkenhead), the Rev. C.H. Hylton Stewart (vicar of New Brighton), and the Rev. Stephen Gray (curate of Wallasey). An impressive choral service was conducted in the church, the choir boys, under the leadership of Mr. T. Hill, chanting the Psalms and also effectively rendering a hymn, whilst at the graveside, after the coffin had been lowered, they sang "Peace, ever peace."

The principal mourners were Dr. and Mrs. Harling (son-in-law and daughter), Mrs. Myers (daughter), Miss Pickering (daughter), Mr. Myers (grandson), Dr. James (London), the Misses Broadbent (nieces), Mr. and Mrs. F. North, Mr. and Mrs. A Dempsey (Noctorum), Messrs. T. C. Cheesborough, G. Calthorp, T. A. Leigh, and George Clapham.

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