Whalley shopkeeper Margaret dies (84)

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A Whalley woman who was well-known for her staunch work ethic and as a good friend to many has died at the age of 84.

Margaret Ormiston was born in 1930 at Rugglesmere Farm, Bashall Eaves, to Fred and Ellen Greenhalgh.

After a happy and active early upbringing on the farm alongside siblings Joan and John, Margaret passed the entrance exam for Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, but with her parents keen for her to finish her education in order for her to join them working on the family farm, she instead took up a place at Ribblesdale Secondary Modern, enabling her to finish school a year earlier at the age of 14.

In 1951, at the age of 20, Margaret married Roy Ormiston at All Hallows Church, Mitton. They begun married life at a farm in Ramsbottom, where sons Peter and John joined the family, before moving to Ewood Bridge, near Haslingden. In 1956, they bought a greengrocers shop in Mitton Road, Whalley and Margaret ran the shop, whilst Roy worked for his step-father, conveniently up the road at Abbey Farm. Their daughter Margaret joined the family in 1962, with their last son Fred then arriving in 1963.

With four children and a business to run, life was often hectic, but Margaret thrived on hard work and was never fazed by it.

After moves to another shop in Billington and then back to Abbey Farm, where Margaret helped to raise her grandchildren, Margaret’s final home was The Croft Care Home in Whalley where she spent the last seven years of her life very happily, being very well looked after and respected by staff and friends.