Rossendale Free Press



MRS Audrey Marsh, nee Rose, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, October 22, at the Royal Blackburn Infirmary, aged 89.

Audrey was the eldest daughter of Harry and Ethel Rose. Sadly, her younger sister, Pat, passed away many years ago.

She was educated at

Lea Bank Central

Selective School, and when she left she took up a position in the office of Harry Hoyle’s Solicitors, later becoming Walker’s Solicitors. Later, as a mother, she worked part-time at Bill Charlton’s Garage, before going back to full-time work at Ingham’s Boxes, Masco Felt, and then on to work for the Civil Service in the County Court until her retirement.

She was not retired long before she went to work part-time as a bookkeeper for John Riley, painter and decorator.

Audrey married the late Ronald ‘Ron’ Marsh in September 1950.

He was in the RAF at the end of the War, and later worked as a bus driver, delivery driver, and a baker at Walter Hollands.

She leaves behind two daughters, Susan and Janet, sons-in-law Brian and Keith, grandchild­ren Chris, Peter and Alison, and great-grandchild­ren Jack, Emma, Ben, Aimee, and Joseph.

Audrey was an accomplish­ed knitter and was fond of the art of needlepoin­t, and in her younger days enjoyed dancing. As a grandmothe­r, she enjoyed time with her extended family, taking many holidays abroad and in the UK with her daughter Janet, Keith, and her family.

She was a keen animal lover, having both dogs and latterly a cat.

Her love of animals extended to her being a generous donor to several animal charities.

Prior to Covid, she enjoyed meeting her friends at Longholme Methodist Church for a cup of tea, toast, or a bacon butty, and Kay Street Baptist for lunch.

Susan and Janet want to thank everyone for their kind words, cards, and messages of sympathy.

The funeral will take place on Monday, November 8, at 2.20pm at Accrington Crematoriu­m, with the service led by Reverend David Burrow.

Family flowers only, but donations, in lieu, to Bleakholt and Cancer Research UK.

Funeral director: Fred Hamer Funeral Service, Rawtenstal­l.

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