Cancer death of McDonalds worker Maureen

Maureen Smith
Maureen Smith
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A loving nan who became one of the best known faces in Burnley died by candlelight after floods hit power supplies.

Mrs Maureen Smith worked front of house at McDonald’s in St James’s Street for 15 years until ill health forced her retirement.

She had lived in Burnley for more than 40 years and moved to Morecambe a little over a year ago to be nursed by relatives after being diagnosed with cancer.

She died at home on Sunday afternoon, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. The family used candles to light Mrs Smith’s home; she had lost her gas and electricity supply in the havoc wreaked by Storm Desmond.

Mrs Smith, who was 75 and used to live in Beachley Square, was known for her wicked sense of humour and fun, and for being hard-working.

She held down three jobs while at McDonald’s; starting at 6am and then going on to work at Prestige and at Stoneyholme Primary School. Previously, she worked at Smith and Nephew, Brierfield.

Her funeral is likely to be on Tuesday.