Tributes have been paid to a resident church organist who was described by family as ‘always putting others before herself’.

Angela Haworth was the resident organist at St Mary’s Church in Oswaldtwistle for more than 40 years.

She passed away on Wednesday, July 14 at the age of 80 after suffering with vascular dementia and multiple myeloma - a type of bone marrow cancer.

She leaves behind children Carole, David and Lesley, grandchildren Carl, Matthew, Nico, Dee and Joshua, as well as great-grandchildren Theo and Oscar.

Angela, who also worked as a teaching assistant and dinner lady at St Mary's RC Primary School and St Paul’s School, was also auntie to the late Ricky, and also to Micheal, Philip and Karen.

Her daughter Lesley said: “Her life was dedicated to the church. She was the resident organist for almost 40 years where she was involved in the ladies choir, St Mary’s male voice choir and the folk group.

“She went to churches all over where she’d go and play for people’s weddings and funerals. That was really important to her.

“She was renowned for being late and unfortunately as time went on she suffered with vascular dementia. She was forgettable, so when she was diagnosed she couldn’t quite understand it because she said she’d had vascular dementia all her life. She’d help anybody and didn’t ask for help herself. I think she always put others before herself. She was a loving mother and devoted grandma.”

Born on Willows Lane, Angela attended St Oswald's RC Primary School, then later Paddock House school. She was raised in the hospitality industry by parents Cyril and Mary Clegg, at the Black Bull in Huncoat and then the Forts Arms in Clayton- le-Moors.

Before moving into the industry herself in many places throughout the country, Angela worked in the Bed Bureau at the old Blackburn Royal Infirmary.

After meeting husband Trevor, who died in 2014, the pair settled in Oswaldtwistle where Angela became a prominent member of the community for more than 40 years.

Angela, of Hawthorn Avenue, also spent many years with the St Mary's Amateur Dramatic Society and was one of the founding members of the Ossy Cloggers, where she was responsible for making sure the aprons were ironed and properly starched.

A keen traveller, she fulfilled a lifelong ambition to visit Australia with husband Trevor after her retirement, while also visiting daughter Carole and her husband Guven in Turkey as often as they could.

Lesley added that her mum was a lifelong lover of classical music - her favourite piece being Beethoven's symphony number nine.

“She travelled to Austria at one time with her sister Ursula to see Andre Rieu, which she loved,” she said.

“The most important thing was her dedication to the church and the choirs. It was really, really important to her.

“I’m sure there’s lots of people who have stories that we don’t, like she played at their wedding and this, that or the other. It’s sweet that people remember her like that.”

Angela’s funeral, arranged by Hyndburn Funerals, will be held at 10.15am on Friday, August 6 at St Mary's Church, Oswaldtwistle followed by cremation at 11.40am at Accrington Crematorium, Burnley Road.

Afterwards, there will be a celebration of life at Oswaldtwistle Social Club, Rhyddings Street, where Lesley hopes to have ‘lots of music and singing’.

The family are also accepting donations on behalf of the ‘Visit Me’ campaign run by Community Solutions North West, which supports visits to those who are in hospital or those who have just been bereaved and have no one to turn to.

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