Trib­utes to re­tired nurse

Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS -

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a re­tired nurse who passed away af­ter a ‘brave’ fiveyear bat­tle with can­cer.

Deirdre Eastham, for­merly of Oak­wood Road, Ac­cring­ton, was de­scribed by her hus­band Paul as a ‘fighter’ af­ter she died on Satur­day, October 21, aged 61.

The for­mer Mount Carmel pupil worked at Ac­cring­ton Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal in the mi­nor in­juries depart­ment and also served at Black­burn In­fir­mary Hos­pi­tal, Queens Park Hos­pi­tal and Hasling­den Health Cen­tre from where she re­tired.

The mum-of-one was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer five years ago af­ter it spread from her bones.

Paul, who was mar­ried to Deirdre for 14 years, said her con­di­tion had de­te­ri­o­rated in re­cent months but her death still came as a ‘shock’.

He said: “She was a fighter, bless her. She started a new regime of chemo­ther­apy ear­lier this year and that re­ally af­fected her. The last four months have been very bad for her. We were talk­ing to her on Friday night and at 1pm on Satur­day she passed away. The end came quite quickly and it was quite a shock.

“She had a very strong per­son­al­ity and she was her own woman. She will be sorely missed.”

The couple moved away from Ac­cring­ton five years ago to Ribch­ester and Deirdre en­joyed walk­ing her dog, gar­den­ing and trav­el­ling.

Paul, who works as a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer, said Deirdre’s con­di­tion didn’t stop her en­joy­ing life and last year she trav­elled to New Zealand and Ja­pan.

She also en­joyed a trip to New York for her 60th birth­day with her daugh­ter Lianne Hor­ri­gan.

Deirdre started as a cadet nurse in Black­burn and worked at Ac­cring­ton Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal in the 1990s.

Paul said: “She was a very car­ing per­son. She used to love go­ing out at this time of year and vis­it­ing old folks in their homes and giv­ing them flu jabs. She ab­so­lutely loved that. She en­joyed work­ing in mi­nor in­juries. It was a chal­lenge for her as you had some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery day.”

Daugh­ter of the late Tom and Jo Hor­ri­gan, Deirdre leaves hus­band Paul, daugh­ter Lianne, and broth­ers Ea­monn Hor­ri­gan, Kieran Hor­ri­gan, Der­mott Hor­ri­gan and Bren­dan Hor­ri­gan.

A Re­quiem Mass will be held at St Anne’s Church on Cob­ham Road on Friday, October 27 at 9am, fol­lowed by cre­ma­tion at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium.

Deirdre Eastham

See obit­u­ary be­low.

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