Art lover Brenda (78) dies

Brenda Marshall
Brenda Marshall
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An ‘artistically-talented, stylish and witty’ Rosegrove art-lover and curator has died.

Brenda Marshall (78) most recently of Royds Avenue, Accrington, died on August 26th.

Brenda grew up in Rosegrove, the only child of Margaret and Sam Bullen, a WWII veteran and merchant naval officer.

Her father was killed in the Hapton Valley pit disaster of 1962. Margaret remained in Rosegrove until her death in 2007.

Meanwhile, Brenda’s life continued to be focused on this area, even after marrying her husband Gordon and moving to Accrington.

Brenda lived most of her married life in the Baxenden area where, for over 20 years, she was an extremely popular and knowledgeable assistant curator at the Haworth Art Gallery.

Her funeral was held at Burnley Cemetery, Rosegrove, on Saturday, September 5th and was well-attended.

“Brenda was, above all, kind and generous with an exceptional interest in people,” said her son-in-law, Jon Macaskill.

“Her sympathetic nature and desire to help others drew people to her, and her wit and wisdom were the sustaining force behind her many friendships. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.”

Donations in Brenda’s name may be made to the British Lung Foundation’s Breath of Life Fund via or care of the British Lung Foundation.