Mother of 10 who put friends and family first dies, aged 97

Date: Monday 12th June 2017
Ada Carruthers
Ada Carruthers

A WOMAN who held her family and friends at the centre of her life has died at the age of 97.

Ada Carruthers, nee Kellock, was born at Bransty, Whitehaven, the eldest of four children. However, three weeks after her brother, John, was born, her mother died, leaving Ada to care for him and her two sisters, Phemie and Rita, at the age of 14. Her father later remarried, and she then gained a half sister, Barbara.

When Ada married her husband, the late Colin, the couple began their farming career at Round Close Farm, Moresby Parks, Whitehaven, and went on to have 10 children, Colin, Norman, Gilbert, Jack, twins Geoff and the late Peter, Barry, Tony, and a further set of twins, Joyce and June.

In 1956, they moved the farming operation to Setterah Park, Helton, where Ada had her first experience of electricity and an inside toilet. In 1964, they moved on to Winder Hall, Tirril, and in 1979 retired back to Helton, at Dale View.

Ada lived a very busy life and always loved to have her friends and family around her. She attended the chapel or church at Helton and Askham Ladies’ Club, and she and Colin loved holidays abroad, particularly cruises. However, the highlight of Ada’s week was always a trip out to Moota for an evening meal, whether it was in rain, hail or snow. Family members often had to rescue the couple, after they set out in inclement weather in the hope of making it there!

After Colin’s death in 1998, her daughters-in-law would take her on an annual trip to meet her Moota friends and have a meal at the Greenhill Hotel, Wigton.

In later years, her eldest son, Colin, helped care for her, enabling her to remain in her own home, something which would not have been possible were it not for his help.

She leaves behind nine of her children, 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, her sister Rita and half sister Barbara.