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Len was still concerned about keeping costs down and threatened to sack Deirdre only weeks in to her employment, but was forced to back down when Ray and Jerry threatened to walk out too.
Deirdre helped keep the business afloat with Jerry when Len and Ray temporarily went elsewhere.
However, as the May date approached, she began to have doubts.
When asked, Billy admitted he also had doubts, and he ended the relationship, leaving Weatherfield.
She passed away on her 60th birthday on 8th July 2015.
She continued to raise their daughter Tracy by herself while Ray moved to Holland.
In the 1990s, Deirdre found happiness with Moroccan toyboy Samir Rachid.
She married him in 1994 but Samir was beaten up a year later and died from his injuries.
Soon Deirdre began dating Ray Langton and thanks to his wanting her around his job, working at the builders' yard owned by him, Len Fairclough, and Jerry Booth.
In spite of the superficial reasons for her hiring, Deirdre was an asset to the yard, improving efficiency and organisation at the yard with her feminine touch.