A former magistrate and ‘devoted’ NHS worker has passed away.
Maureen Walker served as a JP at Hyndburn Magistrates Court for 21 years during the 1980s and 1990s.
The grandmother-of-three also worked in various mills and later forged a ‘successful 25-year career in the NHS working with schools, charities, churches and community organisations.
Maureen was previously diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and received chemotherapy at Royal Blackburn Hospital, but had been in remission for more than six years.
Her husband of 46 years Patrick said she suffered from another condition which affected her mobility. She passed away on Saturday, February 21 aged 80.
Patrick, who lived with Maureen on Harcourt Road in Accrington, said he was ‘so proud’ of her accomplishments.
He said: “I’m so proud of her, particularly when she got her degree, I just wanted to tell the world about it. She was just such a modest person that she used to tell me off for trying.
“It has always stuck with me that if anybody ever had a problem it was always ‘Auntie Maureen’ they wanted, even if it was someone like a chairman of a trust.
“She was different to many people at the time as she had great experience in both the private and public sector, which operates differently. Everybody realised the talent and ability she had.”
Maureen worked at the former Brockhall Hospital as a secretary and was also responsible for working with organisations including the Prince’s Trust and East Lancashire Hospice.
She was a ‘staunch defender’ of the NHS and the chaplains service and helped set up the hospital newspaper and raise funds for the radio service.
Former textile industry and union secretary Patrick said Maureen, who was a member of Accrington Amateurs drama group, was ‘absolutely wonderful’ as a magistrate and enjoyed carrying out public service.
He said: “When she became a magistrate she was sitting among all these important people and they welcomed her as most of them recognised her. She was an essential part.”
Patrick, 76, said she was a ‘very proud Claytoner’ and was ‘devoted’ to helping those in need.
He said: “She put her heart and soul into everything she did. She was non-political. She just loved people. I just want to continue in her tradition and going forward carrying on doing all the good work she did.”
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