Obituaries

Frances Wallace Rice Hughes

On 5th December 2019, in hospital. Frances aged 75 years. Funeral service at Pleasington Crematorium on Wednesday, 18th December at 1.30 p.m. Flowers and enquiries to Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA. Tel 01254 873290

Hazel Smith

(nee Davidson)

Born 16.8.1933 – Died 5.12.2019

At her personal request Hazel had a direct cremation.  She was the much loved wife and best friend of Jim, proud mum of Graham and his wife Jane, sister-in-law to the late Brian, his widow Kath and auntie to Councillor David and cousin to Ann, Paul and Nigel. 

Hazel was born in Manchester and came to Darwen age 11.    She attended Avondale Girls School, married Jim in 1955 and for 20 years ran ‘Hazels’ Ladies Fashion/Drapery Shop on Bolton Road before moving to Knowlesly Road in 1974.  In total she lived in the Whitehall area for 64 years.

Her ashes will be scattered at Lytham where she spent hundreds of days walking/cycling with Jim in the much favoured sport on the Fylde Coast.

In due course a small family gathering will take place to celebrate Hazels long and happy life.

All enquiries to Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen.  BB3 3HA.  Tel 01254 873290

John Fenton Gardiner

On 30th November 2019, in hospital. John aged 73 years. Funeral service at Pleasington Crematorium on Thursday, 12th December at 2.15 p.m. Family flowers only please, but if desired donations may be sent for The British Heart Foundation. c/o Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA. Tel 01254 873290

Edith Rosina Matilda Forbes (Rose)

On 1st December 2019, peacefully at Northwood Care Home, Blackburn. Rose aged 82 years. Beloved wife of Gordon, much loved mum of Colin, dearly loved grandma of Mat and Kate also a dear sister-in-law and auntie. Funeral service at Overdale Crematorium (West Chapel) on Thursday, 12th December at 11 a.m. Family flowers only please, but if desired donations may be sent for Christie Hospital. c/o Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA. Tel 01254 873290

Ethel Stevenson

On 21st November 2019, peacefully in hospital with her family by her side. Ethel aged 93 years. Much loved mum of Brent, dear mother-in-law of of Karen, dearly loved nana of Daniel, James and Jen also treasured great-nana of Harry and Oliver. A graveside service will take place at Burnley Cemetery on Monday, 2nd December at 2 p.m. No flowers please by request, but if desired donations may be sent for Pendleside Hospice. c/o Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA. Tel 01254 873290