Tributes pour in to caring Earby gran Judith (65)

Judith Harvey. (S)
Judith Harvey. (S)
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The family of a devoted Earby grandmother who has died suddenly have been inundated with tributes.

Judith Harvey (65), of Earlesdon Avenue, died last Wednesday at her home.

She was best known in the town for being one of the faces of All Saints’ Church in Skipton Road having moved to Earby in the early 1990s.

Born at Cragside farm in Cowling, she loved her childhood there and cherished the memories of growing up in the area, continuing to live in the village until she was in her 40s.

A long standing member of the St John Ambulance, Mrs Harvey had an ambition to become a nurse. Although this did not work out, she was never far away from healing throughout her life.

Her first job was as a cleaner at Airedale Hospital and a few years down the line and after a lot of hard studying, she secured herself a job as a ward clerk at Burnley Hospital.

She was also the Union representative while at the hospital, and was popular with fellow members of staff as she never shied away from giving an opinion or making her voice heard on behalf of others.

After Mrs Harvey moved to Earby, she became involved in all aspects of church life in the parish spending many hours down at All Saints’ Church.

Among her long list of tasks at the church in her role as Sacristan, Mrs Harvey produced the weekly “Pew News”, she helped serve at Holy Communion services and helped with the delivery of Home Communion to housebound members of the congregation or those who attend the services at the Linden Road Community Centre.

She also frequently led prayers and made up the rotas for sidesmen and coffee duty, as well as a host of other jobs.

Her organisational skills were renowned having been treasurer for Cowling Gala for many years. Mrs Harvey later became treasurer at All Saints’, the Franciscan third order and Broughton and Elslack WI.

The same organisational skills were in evidence at her home too in the garden, of which she was passionate about, and which was kept immaculate whatever the time of year.

Mrs Harvey was also a keen knitter and would knit family and friends everything from blankets and jumpers through to hats and scarves.

She was devoted to her family, and always did her best for her four children as they were growing up.

In later life, after her retirement two years ago, she spent much of her time with grandchildren who she adored.

She leaves behind her children Mark, Karen, Stuart and Jackie and her grandchildren Fiona, Leon, Chloe, James, Beth and Eli.

Her funeral will be held on Monday at All Saints’ Church at 10-30am.