A daughter has paid tribute to her mum who has died after a ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s.
Doreen Lamb, from Accrington, was secretary to the chief education officer of Hyndburn council Peter Evans before she retired. She died on Easter Sunday, aged 89.
Her daughter Elizabeth Libberton, from Oswaldtwistle, said she believes continuing to live in the home where she had lived for 60 years helped Doreen maintain a good quality of life for someone with her condition.
Elizabeth, a special needs teacher and mum-of-three, said: “She was a lovely lady - really well liked and very clever with a great sense of humour.”
Soon after Doreen got married she moved into her house with her late husband, Christopher, a policeman who died aged 72.
Elizabeth said: “She lived in that house for 60 years and to suddenly put someone with dementia into a home where nothing is familiar is quite difficult.
“It would have been an absolute wrench for her to leave. It was quite a feat for her to live alone but she had carers and myself and my husband and I worked nearby.
“It suited her being in the place she knew - the problem with dementia is you lose short term but not long term memory.
“Her quality of life was good and neighbours called in to see her.
“I’d go for a walk with her after work and there were always people coming in and chatting to her - she was never on her own for very long.
“The doctors at the Peel Centre were very supportive about the decision, as it was a bit of a test really. It is much easier to put people in a home but I think as a society we depend on them too much.”
She added that there had been very difficult times and that it had been a ‘huge journey’.
She said: “It does massively take a hold - it was a rocky road. Without carers you would be worn out. Mum used to get frustrated and say ‘why am I like this’ but she knew who I was all along and never forgot me or the family.
“We have obviously grieved but at the same time we have a sense of achievement that we looked after her well.
“There were lots of sad faces at her funeral - she would have been thrilled at the turnout.”
Two of Doreen’s grandsons, Josh and Sam Libberton will tackle the Morrisons Great Manchester Run on May 10 to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society in her memory.
Elizabeth added: “Mum would be so proud and delighted - they thought she’d still be here so the run is even more poignant now.”
You can donate at justgiving.com/JoshandSam-Libberton.