FORMER Mayoress of Rossendale, Dorothy Atkinson, has passed away peacefully, aged 85 after a short illness.
Mrs Atkinson was born in Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire where she met and married her husband of 65 years, Geoffrey.
After moving around the country for Geoffrey’s work, they eventually settled in Rossendale in the 1970s, where they opened a corner shop in Haslingden.
The shop, which sold most things, was famous for its food cooked by Mrs Atkinson, with bacon butties being a firm favourite.
The business closed in 1993 when Mrs Atkinson’s husband became Mayor of Rossendale.
During their term of office they both fulfilled a large number of engagements as Rossendale’s first citizens.
In her retirement, she was heavily involved with a significant number of organisations, including the Haslingden Oxfam shop, Falls Prevention, Friends of Rossendale Museum, Friends of Bocholt, Rossendale Russian Association ( for which she played hostess to a large number of Russian visitors to Rossendale) and The RAFT Foundation.
She was also a councillor for Rossendale Borough Council and Chair of Governors at Hillside Nursery. She leaves her husband Geoffrey, daughter Christine, son Phillip and his wife Joan, four grandchildren, four great- grandchildren and son- in- law, David.
She was also mum to the late Julie and mother- in- law of the late Alan.
Mrs Atkinson’s funeral service will be held on Monday, November 13, at 2.20pm at Accrington Crematorium and 3pm at St James’ Church, Haslingden. Family flowers only. Any donations to ‘ The RAFT Foundation’ gratefully received.
All enquiries to Johnson, Durning and Woods Funeral Services.