MRS Kathleen Theresa Brunt, of Fell View, Whalley, died on Wednesday, November 28, age 80.
Kate, as she was known, married Roger, whom she met at a dance in her home city of Carlisle where she lived with her parents Philip and Jane Leonard and her elder sister Aline, in 1959 moving with Roger first to Blackburn, then Accrington and to Read and, latterly, Whalley supporting him unselfishly throughout his career.
She had three children - Peter in 1964, Ian in 1967 and Helen, a particular delight to her, in 1978. She doted on all three of them and also her two grandchildren Fiona and Alastair, taking a burning pride in their achievements.
She was an active member of Ladies Circle and later Inner Wheel, enjoying the fellowship and fun to be had with her many friends, friendships that endured to the end of her life.
Kate trained as a children’s nurse before her marriage and later, when her two eldest children were at school, as a primary school teacher. She taught at West End Primary, Oswaldtwistle and in several other primary schools in the Hyndburn area.
There will be a Requiem Mass at English Martyrs Church in Whalley at 11am on Tuesday, December 11, the service conducted by Father John Marsland before cremation at 1pm at Accrington Crematorium.
Family flowers only please. Donations to Macmillan Cancer for whom Kate campaigned long before the illness returned and took her when thought to have been beaten. She bore both illnesses with great strength, courage and humour; something the doctors and nurses treating her commented on.
Funeral director: Peter Regan, Hyndburn Funeral Services, Queens Road, Accrington.