Penkhull pub landlady Janet Coulson will be missed by many people
TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular pub landlady following her sudden death.
Janet Coulson, aged 52, had run The Beehive in Penkhull for almost two years with her husband Nigel.
The mother-of-two died suddenly on February 17, leaving the community stunned.
Losing her has left her husband and the family reeling. Nigel, who had been married to Janet for 29 years, said: "We are just in shock.
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"We don't really know what happened.
"She was bubbly, she was always dancing. She had a wicked smile, and she seemed to have a special way with people.
"She will be missed by so many people – the pub has been full of tears."
Janet was rushed to hospital after being taken ill at home, and went into a coma. Her family hoped she would come round, but she suffered a heart attack and could not be saved.
She was originally from Silverdale and had previously worked as a support worker at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, while Nigel was a miner.
The couple, who have two daughters Kerry and Daniella, had both been out of work for 12 months when they took on The Beehive, in Honeywall.
Nigel, aged 50, said: "It was virtually closing down. We took a gamble.
"We had helped out friends before, but this was the first time we had run our own pub.
"There were maybe a dozen customers then, but we turned it around. Now we're probably one of the busiest pubs in Penkhull.
"That was down to Jan. She worked so hard – the bar was hers. She never had staff, they were team members. She was full of laughter. She knew everyone who came in here by name. She used to love the weekends when we were busiest."
Janet also doted on her family and had three grandchildren – Bradley, aged nine, Kayleigh, aged four, and two-year-old Liam.
Nigel said: "Family was one of the biggest things in her life.
"She doted on me. That's why I'm so stuck now. She was the biggest part of my life and now she's gone."
Janet's family and friends were preparing to say goodbye at her funeral today, which takes place at Bradwell Crematorium at midday.
Daniella, aged 27, who lives in Westland Street, Penkhull, said: "I saw my mum every day, she was my best friend. She could light up a room and make everyone happy.
"Words can't describe what life's going to be like without such a wonderful mum. Nothing will ever be the same again."
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