Tributes to animal-lover 'Mrs Duck' after she dies aged 79
AN animal saviour known throughout her neighbourhood as ‘Mrs Duck’ has died, aged 79.
Mother-of-three Rose Jervis fittingly made her last journey, the two miles from her Lakeside home overlooking Firs Park Lake in Leigh, to Howe Bridge Crematorium in an open funeral cart hauled by two Shire horses.
Her oldest son Jeff said: “She would have been made-up to see it.
“Mum loved animals and she would have been proud to know how many people stopped to watch, as she travelled to Howe Bridge behind Arclid Shires Randy and Floyd. It was quite a spectacle.
“On the day of her funeral, Flip Flop the swan came across and into the garden and all the ducks were at the front. It was weird.”
Tony Bull, who brought his Shires from Cheshire, helped by Sarah Ford, said: “It was the first time we have been at a funeral without an undertaker, but it was the family’s wish and a fitting tribute to Mrs Jervis.”
Fun-loving Mrs Jervis, who would have turned aged 80 last Friday, died last month.
She was honoured by the mayor of Wigan in 1997, when she was declared citizen of the year for her devotion to wildlife and her work with Firs Park User Group.
Rose regularly appeared in the pages of the Journal for her wildlife exploits. She adopted Wilbur the Muscovy duck after someone took him from his Firs Lake nest as a duckling.
He was made at home with a paddling pool in the back garden, and when he returned to the lake, he regularly waddled over the road to visit her and sat beside her.
Born in Tideswell Row, Leigh, Rose and her late husband George — who died in 1995 at the age of 66 — had a lifelong interest in wildlife and horses and kept hens, pigeons, a pig and always a dog.
She leaves sons Jeff, Wayne and Yendel.
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