Tributes as Phyllis dies at 104

Jackie Barker surprised her mother Phyllis Jane King on her 100th birthday by perfroming a dance routine at Sycamore Rise Nursing Home in Colne.  G180410/3
Jackie Barker surprised her mother Phyllis Jane King on her 100th birthday by perfroming a dance routine at Sycamore Rise Nursing Home in Colne. G180410/3

A Barnoldswick woman whose family helped shape the history of the town has died aged 104.

Born and brought up in the prosperous Edmondson manufacturing family, Phyllis Jane King died at Sycamore Rise Care Home in Colne on Wednesday, January 7th where she had been a resident since the age of 99.

Mrs King’s grandfather started Edmondson’s Manufacturing and some local streets built to house his workers are named after him and his sons including Edmondson Street, Cecil Street and Colin Street.

Mrs King went to school at Gisburn Road and after leaving was in the mill straight away, especially as her father died in her early teenage years.

It was working in the mill that Mrs King met her future husband Eric and they married in 1932 at the Wesleyan Chapel.

Due to the decline of the manufacturing industry, she opened up a confectioners shop in what is now Ribblesdale Terrace before the couple moved to Northamptonshire for the latter half of the 1930s and the war years.

The couple had three children, Audrey Woodcock, Jackie Barber and Tony King, and returned to Barnoldswick to settle in 1947 when Mr King worked at Rolls-Royce and Mrs King did odd jobs alongside being a housewife.

Away from looking after her family, Mrs King enjoyed dancing at Rolls-Royce Leisure and playing bowls and table tennis.

Mrs King always had a keen interest in crafts, including pottery painting, photography, embroidery, knitting and painting pictures. Even after Mr King’s death in 1988, Mrs King continued to go on holidays as travel was another passion.

Daughter Jackie said: “She was a very competitive person and was always interested in things. And she was a saver, very careful with her money all her life. I think what kept her going though was chocolate. She loved it.”

Mrs King leaves behind her three children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her funeral will be held at St Andrew’s Methodist Church at 1pm on Friday, January 23rd.