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Tributes to Pendle butcher who dies after year-long battle with cancer
A BUTCHER who worked at her family butchers in Pendle for almost four decades has died after a year-long battle with cancer.
Thelma Garaghty, 71, worked alongside her late husband Tony, at their family butcher’s shop in Burnley Road, Brierfield, from 1968 to 2007, when they both retired.
Their son Paul, a former star batsman for Nelson Cricket Club, also worked with his parents at the shop.
Twelve months after Tony died from prostate cancer in 2011, Thelma was diagnosed with leukaemia and lymphoma.
Her son, Stephen, 47, a civil servant, paid tribute to his mother. He said: “She was the best mum you could ever wish for. She devoted her life to her children, and then her grandchildren. She always thought of us before herself, and would go without so we could have what we wanted.”
Thelma grew up in Earby, where she lived until meeting her future husband at the Colne Co-operative Society, where she worked in the shoe department and he at the butchers.
They married in 1962, and moved to Wharfedale Avenue, where they lived together for 33 years before selling the shop to another butcher in 2005 and moving to one of the Royal Cottages on the same street.
From 1968, when the couple opened the shop, Thelma did the accounts and deliveries for the business, taking produce to customers up to 20 miles away.
In 1982, Thelma created, then became president of the ladies committee of Burnley and Pendle Butcher’s Association.
Thelma leaves her sons Stephen and Paul, 49, Jayne, 44, and grandchildren Lydia, 16, Alice, 15, Lucy, 13, and 12-year-old twins, Emily and Spencer.
The funeral is at Burnley Crematorium, Accrington Road, tomorrow at noon.
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