Councillor ‘who would help anyone’ dies (79)

Marlene Hill-Crane. (S)
Marlene Hill-Crane. (S)
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A former Pendle councillor and chairman of Barnoldswick Town Council has died aged 79.

Marlene Hill-Crane died in Airedale Hospital on Saturday after a two year period in Cravenside Home for the Elderly with dementia.

Her son Steven says the number of tributes which have poured in to a “caring, lovely and wonderful lady” have been a comfort to the family.

Steven said: “Mum was always about helping people. She loved to do it and would do anything for others, sometimes to the detriment of herself.

“She was a principled woman and always believed in fairness.”

Born in Derbyshire in 1936, Mrs Hill-Crane went wherever work took her after leaving school and she lived in London, Wales, North Yorkshire and Teesside.

She moved to Colne where she was a weaver at Thomas Mason in the 1970s but decided on a career change to help others.

She then found work at Colne Youth Centre where she worked for a number of years and later attended Manchester Polytechnic where she gained a qualification as a care worker with children.

Mrs Hill-Crane went into politics in later life after moving to Barnoldswick in the late 1980s, again with the aim of benefiting others.

She served as a Pendle councillor, a Barnoldswick town councillor and as chairman of Barnoldswick Town Council and enjoyed her time as an elected representative. One of her notable efforts during that period was being heavily involved in the campaign to keep Cravenside open.

Her love of helping extended to animals too, and would take in cats into her home to care for them, having as many as 12 at one point.

She leaves behind her son Steven and grandchildren Jordan and Eloise. Mrs Hill-Crane also had another son Paul who was killed in road accident in 1973.

Her funeral will be held on Wednesday leaving Briggs and Duxbury at 12-50pm for a service at Skipton Crematorium at 1-20pm.