THE family of popular former Nelson hairdresser Mrs Jean Turner has been overwhelmed by tributes they have received following her death.
Mrs Turner (73) died following a battle with lung cancer and was cremated after a funeral in Catalonia, Spain, close to her home in Palau-saverdera.
She was best known for her two Nelson hair salons in Fir Street and North Street under her maiden name of Jean Laycock which employed 10 people during their heyday in the 1960s.
The daughter of the late Ethel Pickles and Frank Laycock, Mrs Turner was a pupil of Nelson Grammar School, excelling as a Girl Guide and was selected to represent East Lancashire as a Queen’s Guide at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Having decided to pursue a career in hairdressing and completing her training and then opening her first salon, she married Nelson cricketer and amateur footballer Allen Turner, with whom she had two daughters, Anne and Jayne, who now live in the Midlands.
By the mid-1960s, her hairdressing knowledge was so well respected she was asked to start a full-time hairdressing and beauty therapy course at Nelson and Colne College which she ran until the couple left the area in 1970.
Mrs Turner then moved around the country with her family and became head of hairdressing and beauty therapy departments at colleges in Lancaster, Worsley, Manchester and later Cannock.
At the age of 40, Mrs Turner completed an honours degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Manchester and went on to become a lecturer in education at what is now the University of Bolton.
In 1990, Mr and Mrs Turner retired and made their home on the Costa Brava where they owned holiday apartments which still prove popular with friends and family.
Her grandson, Jack, daughter Anne and husband Allen paid their respects with her cousin Celia and friend Dorothy who spoke of their memories.
A life-long family friend said she was a “very popular and likeable girl wherever she went” who managed to “still have a smile and a laugh about things” despite her illness.