Funeral Service

Time: 3.00pm

Date: Friday 12th July 2024

Service Details:
Ann's funeral service will take place at Accrington Crematorium, Burnley Road Accrington BB5 6HA

Anita (Ann) Margaret Graham

On Thursday, 29 June 2024 peacefully after a long illness at Pendle Brook Care Home, Ann aged 84 years. The dearly loved wife of Len, beloved mum of Alison and Patrick, mother in law of Simon, devoted grandma to Tom and Sophie and great grandma of Rudie, Kitt and Scarlett.
Ann was born in Blackburn on Easter Sunday, 24 March 1940 and after passing her 11 plus attended the High School for girls in Blackburn. She started her working life aged 16 in the office at Walpamer in Darwen and went on to work at Mullards in Blackburn until the birth of Alison in 1966.
Ann and Len first met in 1958 in Darwen Co-op dance hall and were married in 1964. They celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary in February this year.
She worked at countless companies throughout her life, particularly in her role with Tempo. Although she was primarily an office administrator, Ann would basically take on any job offered to her including stints at Rishy crisps and OXO.  Her longest standing role was office administrator at Pennine Leisure in Springhill where she worked from 1981 to her retirement in 1997.
Ann and Len raised their son and daughter on The Coppice in Clayton-le-Moors until they moved to Rockmount, Stanhill  in 1980. Alison and Patrick have very happy memories of growing up on The Coppice  alongside other young families and it was a very close knit community with children going in and out of each others houses to play. It was whilst living in the Coppice that Ann met her very good friend, the late Pat Quirke and they remained very close until Pat’s death.
Ann was always busy. She had a very active social life and many, many friends. She had lots of interests and hobbies – enjoying  travel, musical theatre, reading, shopping, walking, cinema, quizzing, flower arranging to name but a few. She went on many holidays with her friends and particularly enjoyed cruising. But her pride and joy was her garden and she spent many happy weekends trawling any garden centre within a 20 mile radius.  She would, for many years, organise coach trips to the Gardener’s World flower show.
Ann was also a very devoted family woman and was very proud of her children and grandchildren. Tom and Sophie have very fond memories of their grandma Ann who babysat them frequently. She had a great sense of fun and was always up for a good belly laugh. Ann was very friendly and gregarious and would strike up conversations with everyone wherever she went. She loved her ‘girl gang’ but in particular was very close to Brenda, Pam, Joan and Carole with whom she spent many happy times on holidays and shopping trips.
Latterly she worked as a volunteer in Heritage charity shop in Accrington. By this time she was showing symptoms of  Alzheimers but thanks to the fantastic support of her colleagues she was able to continue in the role for quite some time. It gave her a purpose as she enjoyed being amongst people and contributing to the community.
Ann was a much loved lady who will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.

Family flowers only please, donations are being gratefully received in memory of Ann on behalf of Derian House. To make a donation please click the ‘Make A Donation’ button at the bottom of this page.

Please feel free to leave a message for Ann’s online memorial book by completing the form below.

     

    Julie Lowe

    Thinking of you all.

    Ernie and Joan Pemberton.

    Love and Happy memories forever.

    Andrew Quirke

    Yes my mum and Ann Graham got on very well, sorry to hear of your loss.

    Anne Marie Black (Quirke)

    Lovely Ann, really good fun, loved our time on The Coppice with you.

    Cliff and Sylvia murray

    So sorry for you’re loss Anne was a lovely person.

    Sarah Quirke

    Even now vimto takes me back to memories of being v young at your lovely home

    Pam Waring

    Special thoughts of happy times.

    Brenda Haworth

    Remembering my lovely friend Ann and all the days and holidays we spent together

    Margaret Quirke

    As I said to you Ann and my Mum will be having a great chat in heaven! RIP