Brave Earby landlady loses cancer battle

Michelle Morley. (S)
Michelle Morley. (S)
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An Earby landlady has died aged 46 after losing her courageous battle with cancer.

Michelle Morley, landlady at the Punch Bowl in Skipton Road, Earby, died in Pendleside Hospice on January 9th.

Her husband Paul this week praised her for the way fought the disease for a second time after a diagnosis of bladder cancer in May last year.

Mrs Morley had been a passionate campaigner for the Bosom Friends cancer charity having beaten cervical cancer to become a “miracle mum”, later giving birth to two daughters Jasmine (14) and Georgia (11) who meant the world to her. She also has a son Stephen who is in his 20s.

Born in Skipton, Mrs Morley spent most of her life in Earby and regarded herself as an Earby lass, having been educated at Springfield Primary School and later West Craven High School.

Before she embarked on a career behind the bar pulling pints and being a friendly face for punters, Mrs Morley spent some time working in a care home in the Bacup area.

From 2007, she was landlady at the Punch Bowl, and enjoyed the different aspects of running a pub in what is a demanding role.

On the rare occasions when Mrs Morley had a day off, she and her husband, who married in June last year at Gretna Green, would enjoy going out for meals.

As fully-signed up members of the Pennine Land Rover Club, the couple also loved going out in their Land Rover for trials events at weekends.

Mr Morley said: “I’ve been with Michelle for four years and reconnected through Facebook as we were at school together years ago. I was her first high school kiss.

“She was a very happy going person, and strong person. She would never show it if anything was bothering her.

“We married last year. It was a great day, the best of our lives really. I will miss her smile, her company and how jolly she was.

“Michelle did not set out to be a landlady, but she took the bull by the horns, always smiling, good with customers and succeeded at it.”