A teacher who devoted much of her life to the church and served as a missionary abroad was presented with Maundy Money by the Dean of Blackburn.
Mrs Mary Haworth (90), a resident of Oaklands Nursing Home in Harle Syke, had the prestigious honour brought to her after it was decided she was too frail to travel to Blackburn Cathedral to meet the Queen last month.
Mrs Haworth, a mum-of-four, who has seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, was nominated for her tireless work as a member of St Luke’s Church in Brierfield as well as her duties across the Blackburn deanery and diocese.
She began her service to the church as a young woman where she took a post as a missionary in a school in Kuching, which is now Eastern Malaysia. It was there that she met her late husband, former health inspector Mr John Haworth, who went on to become a Pendle councillor.
The couple were married and had four daughters in Kuching before returning to England and making their home in Brierfield.
Mrs Haworth taught at Marsden Primary School in Nelson for the rest of her working life and after her retirement she trained as a pastoral auxiliary and later as a licensed reader, preaching and conducting services at St Luke’s until her health prevented her from continuing.
She was also a member of the Third Order of St Francis.
Mrs Haworth was presented with the Maundy Money by the dean, the Very Rev. Christopher Armstrong at the special service.
That special service was also attended by the Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Smith Benson. Mrs Haworth was joined by her four daughters, two of whom are vicars, the Rev. Dr Margaret Gilley, Elizabeth Emmott, the Rev. Frances Guite and Catherine Morris and her nephew.
Mrs Gilley said: “We are so proud of her. It’s a wonderful opportunity to have everyone here.”