A mother and daughter died within six hours of each other, leaving a Burnley family numb with shock.
Mrs Ann Goddard died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 91 at her home in Lanehead. And within hours her daughter, Mrs Eileen Marks, who had flown over from her home in Jersey to visit her mum, was also dead.
She collapsed at the home of her sister, Mrs Christine Vaughan, a nurse, who gave her CPR after dialling 999.
Speaking about the double loss this week, Christine, who lives in the Briercliffe Road area of Burnley with her husband, Stephen, said: “Mum went so peacefully and it was lovely that Eileen could spend those last few hours with her. We came back to my house and she told me she was going for a lie down.’’
It was when Christine went to check on Eileen that she found her slumped on the floor not breathing.
She added: “The ambulance was here very quickly and the paradmedics did everything they could to try to save Eileen but she died from heart failure.’’
Eileen had suffered heart problems in the past but she had been well for the past four years. She went to live in Jersey over 30 years ago after training as a nurse. A former student at St Hilda’s RC High School, Eileen leaves her husband Barry, an estate agent. The couple have a son Sam, who works as a DJ in Brighton. Christine said: “Eileen was a lovely, generous person who always put others before herself. We were very close and went on holiday together or I would go over to see her in Jersey.’’ Christine has two brothers, Kevin and Dermot. A third brother, Peter, died three years ago and they also had a sister, Patricia, who died when she was a baby. A Requiem Mass for mum and daughter will be held today at St John’s RC Church, Ivy Street, Burnley, at 11am and they will be buried together at All Souls Cemetery, Fence, at 12-30pm. A memorial service will also be held in Jersey.