Remembering Christine Mabel Sharples: A Remarkable Life

Authored by Terry, Christine’s Son

Born on 25th September 1923 in Rochdale, Christine Mabel Sharples lived a life packed with challenges, adventures, and unforgettable moments. As the only child of Kathleen and Robert, Christine faced difficulties from a tender age, eventually finding solace and purpose in caring for others.

Christine’s early years were marked by resilience and determination. Sent to live with her grandmother due to her challenging behaviour, she found her calling in adulthood when she trained at the Seale Hayne farm college near Newton Abbot, becoming a County agricultural advisor. Despite her desire to join the Navy being dashed by her parents, Christine forged her own path, joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food.

With the outbreak of World War II, Christine became the first-ever female farm inspector, smashing barriers in a male-dominated field. Her dedication to her work led to promotions, but she never forgot her roots, always prioritising the care of her parents.

Throughout her life, Christine navigated failed relationships and challenges with grace and determination. It was through her bond with Marina, her devoted housekeeper turned friend, that Christine found the family she had always longed for. Marina, who had her own struggles growing up, found in Christine a maternal figure and a source of strength.

Christine’s strong personality and Victorian attitudes sometimes made her difficult to manage, but those who knew her understood her fierce independence and unwavering spirit. From hospital visits to holiday mishaps, Christine’s anecdotes are both humorous and poignant, showcasing her resilience and unique outlook on life.

Despite her challenges, Christine lived a life filled with adventure and privilege. From traveling the world to dining with royalty, she embraced every opportunity with gusto and charm. Her love for dancing and tennis brought her joy and recognition, and her impact on those around her was profound.

In her later years, Christine faced health challenges, including a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. However, with the introduction of new medication, her demeanor softened, revealing a more gentle and mellow side to her personality.

As we remember Christine Mabel Sharples, we honour her remarkable life and the indelible mark she left on all who knew her. Her resilience, humour, and unwavering spirit will continue to inspire us for years to come. Though she may be gone, her legacy lives on in the hearts of those whose lives she touched.

A Word from Friends Helping at Home

As we reflect on Christine Mabel Sharples’ life, it’s important to acknowledge the invaluable support she received from Friends Helping at Home during her final years. It was a privilege for us to be a part of Christine’s journey, providing care and companionship as she navigated the challenges of aging. Christine’s vibrant personality and unwavering spirit left a lasting impression on everyone she encountered, and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Our team cherished the opportunity to support Christine, and we are grateful for the memories we shared with her.

In loving memory of Christine Mabel Sharples, may she rest in peace.