A FORMER nurse who dedicated her life to helping families has died after a long illness at the age of 63.
Hilary Ward was a founder member and treasurer of the Burnley Area Community Credit Union and a former chairman of Burnley Homestart, a support group for families with young children she rescued from near closure.
She was an avid Clarets supporter, hardly ever missing a home game, and was known for the distinctive claret and blue hat she liked to wear. Her coffin was draped with claret ribbons at her funeral yesterday (Monday).
Mrs Ward was a member of the Labour Party and worked as a volunteer at the credit union, four days a week, until ill health meant she was forced to take a back seat, but she remained a member of the board.
Credit union chairman, former Burnley MP Peter Pike, said: “Hilary will be sadly missed by many, having always worked to make Burnley a better and fairer place.”
Mrs Ward, of Todmorden Road, Burnley, was a widow. She died last Monday night at the Royal Blackburn Hospital and leaves a partner, Mr Peter Frost, two sons and grandchildren.
A non-religious service was held to celebrate her life and she had a green burial at the Jo Belbin Woodland Cemetery in Barrowford.