Estate mourns doting Doris
TRIBUTES have been paid to a community stalwart who campaigned tirelessly for improvements on her estate.
Grandmother Doris Luck, of Newstead, was a well-known figure in the neighbourhood, working to secure better bus routes and supporting groups in the area.
Now residents and relatives have shared their memories of the 85-year-old, of Wimborne Avenue, after she passed away last week.
Daughter Margaret, aged 61, of Trentham, said: "She was very family-orientated.
"I remember she was strict with me when I was growing up but would give us her last penny."
Mrs Luck, pictured below, who had five great-grandchildren, set up the Blurton Over-50s Club two decades ago and continued to organise a number of activities.
The mother-of-three first appeared in The Sentinel in 2002 claiming bus operators were bypassing the Blurton estate.
She featured again in the newspaper a year later after organising a petition to improve bus services.
Margaret, who has three children, added: "She always got stuck in with things and was very determined."
In recent years she lent her support to the Blurton Family Group.
Three years ago the group took on a disused shop in Wimborne Avenue and transformed it into a community resource.
Chairman Emma Smith, aged 32, who lived opposite Mrs Luck for seven years, said: "She was always very supportive of what the group was doing. She voiced her opinions on what should be done.
"She believed that Newstead didn't have enough services and would campaign to get them.
"Doris was just a very kind lady and she would always ask me how I was doing every time she saw me."
The mother-of-six added: "I know that she really loved her family and her home was full of photographs."
Diane Stanley, aged 48, of Blurton Farm, met Mrs Luck about 18 months ago. The mother-of-three said: "She was a very strong-minded lady and if she had something to say, she would say it. Doris always wanted the best for the area and was someone who could get things done.
"It has come as a really big shock as one moment she was fine and the next we were told she was in hospital. She'll be greatly missed."
Raised in Longton, Mrs Luck went on to attend Queensbury Road School.
After leaving school, she worked at Belstaff, in Longton, where she helped make bags to carry explosives for the country's efforts in the Second World War. She went on to work as a cleaner, catering assistant and production operative.
Mrs Luck, who had nine grandchildren, married Roman in 1949 and the couple moved to Newstead four years later.
Following Roman's death in 1981, when he was 61, she moved to Wimborne Avenue.
Mrs Luck died at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire last week.
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