Coronation Street legend Jean Alexander died in October just three days after her 90th birthday.
Now, her final words have been revealed.
The actress, who played the much-loved character Hilda Ogden from 1964 til 1987, is sorely missed by family and fans, but her last words have given them comfort.
Jean’s brother, Ken Hodgkinson, told the Daily Mirror: “Jean’s death came on suddenly. It was very hard to cope with it all.
“The comforting thing is she was happy with what she had done.
“She said, “I’ve achieved what I wanted to do”. And she said: “It’s not for a poor girl from Liverpool, is it?”
He added: “When she was a girl at school she got very interested in drama, especially words.
“She and a friend of hers, they read the whole of Shakespeare’s plays when they were about 15, taking alternate speeches.
“She wasn’t aiming to be famous. She just wanted to work at it, to act and have the opportunity to do it.”
Jean began her acting career in 1949 at the Adelphi Guild Theatre in Macclesfield, and later worked in rep in Oldham, Stockport and York.
Her television debut was in the television police series Z-Cars and first appeared in Coronation Street in 1962 as landlady Mrs Webb.
In 1985 she received the Royal Television Society Award for her performance on Coronation Street.
She finally retired from acting in 2012.
In 2014, Jean suffered a stroke. With typical humour, just days afterwards, she told fans: “Don’t worry, I am fit and well, but thank you so much for your goodwill messages.
“I suffered a very slight stroke but I hope to be back in the garden in no time at all.”
And she laughed: “I’ve spent my career playing old ladies – now I am one.”
“Don’t write me off yet, there’s still so much I plan to see and do.”