Tributes after death of Burnley nurse

Alice Whittaker

Alice Whittaker

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A Burnley woman who worked as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital during the Second World War has died at the age of 93.

Miss Alice Whitaker trained at Guy’s and made many lifelong friends during her time there. After the war she became a Sister at Moxley Isolation Hospital in the Midlands.

She returned to Burnley when her father, Richard Whitaker, became ill with angina. Miss Whitaker moved back into the family home in Lansdowne Street, Burnley. She trained as a health visitor and worked in Burnley from 1964 until her retirement in 1980. The eldest of four children, Miss Whitaker was devoted to her many nieces, nephews and godchildren. Known for her generosity and sense of fun, she used to write stories for each of her nieces and nephews and she loved to read them stories.

One of her nieces is renowned Burnley sculptor Vivien Whitaker who said her aunt had a great zest for life who loved music and played the piano every day.

She said: “She was a fantastic godmother and aunt with a wonderful sense of fun. My sister and I used to spend weekends with her driving out to the countryside in her Mini and raiding her “emergency’ supply of chocolates. We used to drive along Barden Lane and once we got to the bridge my aunt would speed up so it was like taking off!’’

Miss Whitaker died in The Grove Nursing Home in Rosegrove, Burnley where she had lived for the past eight years. A funeral service, billed as a celebration of her life, was held today at Burnley Crematorium. Aonations can be made to The Grove Nursing Home.