Family and friends remember popular pensioner Evelyn

Evelyn Knowles. (s)
Evelyn Knowles. (s)

A funeral will be held on Tuesday for a great-grandmother who lived at the same address in Clitheroe for the majority of her life.

Evelyn Knowles, who died at the age of 96 with her son and daughter by her side, was born in Blackburn in 1919.

Moving to Clitheroe in 1942 where her two children were born and raised, Evelyn lived on Holden Street for more than 60 years.

The last remaining sibling from a family of seven sisters and three brothers, she worked as a laundry hand before getting wed in 1942.

Marrying John Aloysius Knowles, who was a soldier in the Second World War, Evelyn was widowed in 1976 and throughout the next 30 years was a very sociable person who got on with everybody and always made new friends easily. There were always good friends in her life throughout her fifties and into to her nineties.

A fantastic cook, Evelyn’s passion was baking and as a young boy, her son Bernard remembers his mum making a wide range of foods including potato pie, Christmas cake, mince pie, parkin etc. Everything was homemade and nothing was wasted.

Evelyn was a fiercely independent person who had high standards and values in her own life. She was always positive and proud of her son and daughter, Bernard and Margaret, and of all her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

During her eighties, Evelyn travelled to many European countries where as previously she had stayed in England. It was through her travels that Evelyn overcame her fear of flying, going through tunnels and up in lifts and thanks have been expressed to Evelyn’s good friend Alec.

A parishioner at St Michael and St John’s RC Church in Clitheroe, Evelyn, in later years, was also a member of the Pendle Club on Lowergate and a visitor to Trinity day care centre and latterly Whalley day care centre.

A regular shopper at Clitheroe Tesco supermarket, she was well known by staff until her lack of mobility stopped her from shopping.

Evelyn is survived by her son Bernard and his wife Angela, her daughter Margaret and her husband Arthur and her four grandchildren Angela, and her husband Christopher, Rebecca, Amy, Katie and two great grandchildren Alexander and Theodore.

The funeral will be held at St Michael and St John’s RC Church, Clitheroe, followed by burial at Clitheroe Cemetery on Tuesday.