Bright colours worn at funeral of Padiham teacher

TEACHER: Christine Armstrong
TEACHER: Christine Armstrong

A TEACHER who guided hundreds of Padiham children through their earliest days at school has died, aged 72.

Christine Armstrong, who taught at St Leonard’s, had been ill for the past two months.

She joined the staff in the mid-1980s, and was the nursery class teacher until her retirement in 2000.

Mrs Armstrong and her husband, Colin, came to the area when he was appointed as head of Whalley CE Primary School, and had lived in Singleton Avenue, Read, since 1976. They had been married 48 years.

Her local teaching career began at Ribblesdale Nursery School, Clitheroe, before she transferred to St Leonard’s.

Always enthusiastic and active, Mrs Armstrong was a staunch Christian and was a member of the Mothers’ Union at St John’s Church, Read, and of Read and Simonstone WI.

She also supported the Scout Movement and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

Her children, Carole and Michael, were in the Scout movement, and Mr Armstrong was a group leader.

One of her greatest pleasures was travelling, and in her retirement she enjoyed planning trips to India, Egypt and New Zealand.

She spoke French fluently and liked to spend time in France, both caravanning and at the couple’s cottage.

At home, she was a member of the U3A in Clitheroe and of Whalley Twinning Committee, and she worked behind the scenes on stage settings and props for Pendle Opera.

Mrs Armstrong was in hospital for a short time after being diagnosed with cancer and had been allowed home.

But she was re-admitted and died at the Royal Blackburn Hospital on May 23rd.

A service to celebrate her life was held at St John’s Parish Church, Read

Mrs Armstrong requested everyone wore bright colours, and asked for donations to her favourite charity, Manorlands Hospice, Oxenhope.

She was first associated with the hospice when she lived in West Yorkshire, and raised money on its behalf for more than 30 years.