Much loved teacher dies (77)

Moira Ward with husband Tom. (S)
Moira Ward with husband Tom. (S)

A much loved Barnoldswick woman who taught in West Craven for 36 years has died.

Moira Ward (77), who died at home on January 2nd, will be remembered by generations as the first teacher they had at St Joseph’s RC Primary School where she was the Reception class teacher for 24 years.

Born in Colne to parents Florence and Sidney Bracewell, the family moved to Leeds during the war, returning to Barnoldswick where she went to Gisburn Road Primary School and later Skipton Girls’ High School.

After leaving school, Mrs Ward worked at Carlson Ford for a year before completing a teacher training course.

She began her teaching career at Barnoldswick CE Primary School in 1958, spending four years there, before moving on to East Marton part time for two years at the village primary school.

She met her husband Tom and they married at St Patrick’s RC Church in Earby in 1959 later having two daughters, Sharon and Jane.

In 1967, Mrs Ward started a nursery part time from the family’s Rainhall Road home for a three year period.

She returned to classroom teaching in 1970 when she took up the position of Reception teacher at St Joseph’s, a role which she loved, and where she stayed up to her retirement in 1994.

Away from work, Mrs Ward was a charitable woman, and for a decade held hugely popular Macmillan coffee mornings from the family home, now in Westgate, raising a lot of money for the charity through sales of crafts she had made.

She also gave up a great deal of time helping out at Barnoldswick Cricket Club’s social venue in Frank Street from 1967 until it closed down.

The Wards enjoyed many hours down at Victory Park watching the Barnoldswick cricket teams play and help at the social club extended to the ground where Mrs Ward made the teas for hungry players.

Her hobbies included gardening and crafts, and she attended many classes at the Rainhall Centre, developing a particular interest in watercolour painting.

Mrs Ward will be greatly missed by family and friends and leaves behind husband Tom, her daughters Sharon and Jane and her two sisters Dorothy and Sylvia.

Her funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Barnoldswick tomorrow at 1-30pm followed by a cremation at Skipton Crematorium at 2-20pm.