Shock death of former nurse (66)

Margaret Cooper (S)
Margaret Cooper (S)

A retired senior nursing sister who had a key role in local hospitals has died suddenly at home.

Margaret Cooper (66) from Moorside Avenue, Brierfield, had done a tremendous amount for people. She was always willing to help.

Her funeral will take place on Monday at Burnley Crematorium, at 1-40pm.

Margaret had worked for the NHS from leaving school and, when Pendle Community Hospital opened, she became senior sister on Marsden Ward. She organised the introduction of the rooftop garden at the hospital and worked on many other projects there.

She was disappointed when the ward was closed and she was transferred to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but decided to retire soon afterwards in her late 50s.

She has had a great interest in antiques and, since retiring, worked part time at Bank Hall Antiques and Sales Rooms in Burnley.

She has also been a keen Manchester United fan, cat lover and supporter of Help for Heroes.

Husband Roger said: “Margaret had not been to the doctors since 2006 and her death was very sudden and shocking.

“She was a marvellous wife and everything she did was always for other people. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for anybody.”

She and Roger were married in 1992, when she worked at a hospital in Clitheroe.

She leaves three children – David, Diane and Mark – and her grandchildren. Her father Bill had died but her mother Vi is still alive. She also has two brothers, Bill and Andrew. Another, Donald, had died.

It is suggested donations in her memory can be made to Help for Heroes or the Cat Protection League.