Family and customers pay tribute to ‘caring’ McDonald’s worker

Christine Woodford, who has died
Christine Woodford, who has died
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TRIBUTES have been made to a ‘loving and caring woman’ who was well-known from her job working at a fast-food restaurant.

Chris Woodford, from Gosport, has been described as a popular friendly face in the town from working at McDonald’s on the high street.

She was a loving, caring person who always put others before herself.

Lee Woodford

The 63-year-old had been a member of staff since the restaurant opened in December 1985.

But the mum-of-two died two days before Christmas from cancer. She was diagnosed earlier in the year but did not tell her family until December.

Her daughter Lee, 41, said: ‘Mum didn’t want us to worry about her. That was typical of her, always thinking of others first.

‘She was always willing to help people no matter who or what they were. That was both at work and in her personal life.

‘She was a loving, caring person who always put others before herself.’

A Facebook page was set up after she died and tributes have been pouring in. So far, it has got nearly 1,000 likes.

Lee, also from Gosport, added: ‘It was overwhelming to see all the messages on the Facebook page.

‘I couldn’t read them without getting a lump in my throat. We never realised how many people she knew.’

Past and present colleagues as well as customers have posted on the page sharing their memories of Chris.

Tammy Kent, from Rowner, said: ‘Christine was usually found cleaning the lobby with a big smile on her face.

‘But in more recent years you would find her behind the tills, still with the same cheeky smile on her face, sorting the toys in the children’s happy meals to make sure every child got the one they wished for.

‘McDonald’s will not be the same without her.’

Charlene Stourton, 34, was a former colleague of Chris’s for more than 12 years.

She wrote: ‘I’m so upset. Chris always had a kind word for everyone. Everyone loved her and she loved everyone too.’

And Angel Robinson posted: ‘She was an amazing and beautiful woman who looked out for me. She was so strong with such a kind heart. She will never be forgotten.’

The grandmother-of-four was awarded with a 30-year service acknowledgement last month by McDonald’s.

She leaves behind her mother, Betty, brothers Mark and David, daughters Lee and Lynn and grandchildren Rachael, Jordan, Luke and Tia. Her funeral is on January 13 at Portchester Crematorium at 10.30am.