Tributes have been paid to a much loved ‘grandma of the community’.
Kathlyn Lambert, 99, formerly of Barnes Street, Clayton-le-Moors, passed away at Hope House Nursing Home on Monday, May 11.
Kathlyn, affectionately known as ‘Grandma Lambert’ around Clayton, was a tireless childminder in the area who ‘lived for kids’.
Granddaughter Tracy Whitehead, 42, paid tribute to the mum of two, grandma of six, great-grandma of nine and great, great-grandma of four.
She said: “She has minded half the children in Clayton, she lived for children.
“She would take kids to and from school and when they were on their way home she would stand them in a line and put two biscuits in their pockets.”
She added: “She was a loving, caring woman. She never had anything for herself, she made sure all the children and great children had their pocket money.”
Kathlyn, who volunteered at a munitions factory during the Second World War, worked in the Jolly Wash launderette next to her home for many years. Tracy said: “She made a lot of friends there, people used to knock on her door and ask for change for the machines, she was really well liked in the community.”
Tracy said that she is expecting friends to line the streets of Clayton on the day of Kathlyn’s funeral carriage.
She said: “Our family have had hundreds of messages of support offering condolences, people in the street have been stopping me, it is really nice. Everyone knew Grandma Lambert.”
Wife of the late Hubert, she was loving mum of Percy Albert and the late Kathlyn, loving grandma of Debbie, Dale, Tracy, Stephen, Susan and Robert, loving great-grandma of Thomas, Kayleigh, Emily, Jamie, Alice, Candra, Iago, Roman and Cerys, and loving great, great-grandma of Maizy, Kai, Ruby and AJ.
The service for Kathlyn will be held at Accrington Crematorium on Wednesday, May 20, at 11am. Kathlyn will travel to the crematorium in a white horse drawn carriage and donations are being requested to SSAFA c/o www.champfunerals.com/obituaries
Funeral director: Champ Funeral Services, Bank House, Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors, BB5 5DY.