Talented Barnoldswick artist dies (80)

Edna Atkinson. (S)
Edna Atkinson. (S)

A gifted artist and very popular Barnoldswick woman has died after a battle with cancer.

Edna Atkinson (80), of Lower North Avenue, died in Airedale Hospital on March 5th after fighting the disease with a positive outlook since diagnosis in 2013.

Born in 1934, Mrs Atkinson lived in Barnoldswick all her life and was a member of the Rainhall Road Methodist Church and the youth group when it was first formed where she met her late husband John Atkinson, and where she later became a Sunday school teacher.

Her working life started as a weaver at Crow Nest Shed, Hartley’s Mill in Barnoldswick.

After raising her two sons Graham and Martin, Mrs Atkinson went back to school and achieved her City and Guilds teacher training certificate, and taught dressmaking at Craven College.

She also taught calligraphy and patchwork quilting at night school and later on machine sewing and over-locking at Empress Mills in Colne.

A very active lady, Mrs Atkinson crewed on one of the tall ships of the Jubilee Sailing Trust in one of her outdoor pursuits, a registered charity whose mission is to promote the integration of people of all physical abilities through the challenge and adventure of sailing tall ships on the open sea.

Mrs Atkinson enjoyed walking holidays with Alpine Overland and her repertoire also included tap dancing, which she absolutely loved, and was a member of the Super Troupers tap dancing troupe who put on shows at many venues.

An accomplished artist, she was a member of both Barnoldswick and Buckden art groups and her artwork has been displayed at Kelbrook and Buckden exhibitions.

Paying tribute this week, her family said: “Edna was an extremely talented lady and was well liked by all who met her, and her outgoing personality was an inspiration to many people.”

Mrs Atkinson’s funeral will be held at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Barnoldswick, on Tuesday at noon followed by internment at St Mary-le-Ghyll Church.

A buffet has been arranged for all who wish to attend at Rolls-Royce Social Club afterwards. Family flowers only: donations on the day can be made to Cancer Research UK.