Tributes have been paid following the death of a much-loved former church warden and volunteer.
Shirley Greenwood, of Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, aged 85.
Born in the town just a stone’s throw from where a Nazi bomb killed a family in June 1940 when she was a child, she dedicated her life to her family and her community.
A past warden at St James Mission in Clayton, she volunteered at Accrington Blind Society and was on the committee of the local parents’ association for the disabled.
She became indispensable to families - working as a childminder for some 20 years, escorting disabled children on school buses, and was famed for her donations of knitwear.
Wife for 40 years of the late Jack, who died in 1998, she leaves children Christopher, age 62 from Chorley, Linda, 56 from Huncoat and Helen, as well as grandchildren and her beloved great-grandson Myles, whose arrival had provided so much strength during her battles with ill health.
Helen, who is married to Ted, said: “I think mum would have gone up to 12 months ago because she got Covid. But when [Myles] came along he gave her a reason to live and he was the apple of her eye. She absolutely doted on him.”
Helen, from Clayton, said she and her mum had done a lot of work for the local church circuit and various charities together down the years.
“She was selfless and any money or bequests she got she would give, and always tried to help people,” she said. She raised a lot of money for Blackburn Infirmary, the Arthritis Club and the church.”
Shirley was a brilliant knitter until arthritis took its grip in her latter years, and Helen, 52, said that several local families would have identical school jumpers, hats and scarves which she had made.
She would also knit Christmas stockings and Easter chicks for the Tots’ Praise group at All Saints Church, where she was also a Mother’s Union member.
She donated her knitting machine to Gambia when she could no longer use it.
The dearly beloved wife of the late Jack, much loved and loving mum of Christopher, Linda and Helen, dear mother-in-law of Dee, Michael and Ted, also a wonderful grandma and devoted great-grandma of Myles.
The service will be held in All Saints Church, Clayton-le-Moors on Tuesday, November 2 at 11.15am followed by cremation at Accrington Crematorium. Family flowers only please; donations in memory of Shirley are being gratefully received on behalf of All Saints Church, Clayton-le-Moors or to St James Church, Altham c/o www.champfunerals.com/obituaries or handed to the funeral director Champ Funeral Services, Clayton-le-Moors.
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