Tributes paid to much-loved Hightown mum and grandmother

Pauline Ibberson.
Pauline Ibberson.

The funeral takes place next week of a highly respected and well-liked Hightown woman.

Pauline Ibberson, of Halifax Road, died on Sunday aged 73, after a long illness. She leaves sons Graeme and Jarrad, daughters Debra and Karen and grandchildren Dylan, Jake, Oliver, Grace, Ava, Declan, Annie and Nell.

Pauline was born in Gomersal in 1943, the daughter of Ethel and Norman McCarthy, and attended Hilltop School along with her younger sister Jean.

In 1965, Pauline married her husband Len and the couple moved to Hightown the following year. Pauline worked at Birkby’s Plastics in Headlands Road for several years, and made many good friends during her time as an ancillary worker. Her younger son, Jarrad, said: “Mum was really well known in the community, especially through working at Birkby’s for such a long time. She and my dad Len, who died in October 1994, had such a lot of good friends in Hightown. There are many, many people who will miss her fantastic sense of humour and will miss seeing her warm smile – mum was the sort of person who could get along with anybody.”

Jarrad said that Pauline had lived for her family and was incredibly proud to be a grandmother.

Pauline’s funeral takes place on Thursday November 12 at Liversedge Parish Church, followed by interment at Liversedge Cemetery, Clough Lane.