Funeral Service

Time: 11.00am

Date: Friday 19th February 2021

Service Details:
A private family funeral service will be held at Immanuel Church, Oswaldtwistle followed by interment in the churchyard.

Margaret Barnes nee Blunt

Peacefully at Hope House Care Home, Clayton Le Moors on the 6th February 2021, Margaret aged 89 years of West End, Oswaldtwistle.

Devoted wife of the late George, much loved mum and mother in law of Geoffrey, Diane, Christiana and Andrew, dearly loved grandma of Toni, Stephen, Danielle, Ashley and John also a loving great grandma to Jack, Oliver, Oscar and Joseph. a dear sister to Ronnie, and the late Clifford also an auntie and friend to many.

Margaret was born and raised in Haslingden where she met and married George. She moved to West End in 1961 where she ran a shop for most of her working life. Together they enjoyed many happy years at their caravan in Morecambe and in later years, having being widowed, she enjoyed her cruises with her daughter and granddaughter.

She was a creative lady making elaborate birthday cakes for her grandchildren. She also enjoyed knitting and sewing in her spare time. She could turn her hand to anything  and after George died kept herself busy decorating and building raised beds in her back yard.

She loved spending time with her family, whether that was on holiday, enjoying days out or simply being at the seaside with her great grandsons.

Following a fall in June, Margaret moved to Hope House the plan being to return home once she had recovered. However that was not meant to be. The staff went above and beyond to ensure the last 8 months of Margaret’s life were the best they could be.

Margaret leaves her family with many happy memories and they are so thankful she had shared their lives for so long.

Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Margaret are being gratefully received on behalf of Hope House Residents Fund c/o Champ Funeral Services.

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

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MESSAGES for the family of Margaret Barnes nee Blunt


Margaret Blunt (wife of Stephen Blunt, nephew of Margaret Barnes)

Margaret will be much missed by our family, our visits to her when visiting family around Accrington were one of the high points of our trips. Inevitably we would give very short notice that we were calling round and without fail she would magic up a spread for us with delicious home made cakes and have a latest craft project to show our children. She seemed to me to be the standard we should all set for our old age, to remain active, interested and interesting and determined to set off on new adventures. I will miss her greatly.


Stephen Blunt

I’m really going to miss Auntie Margaret. I was thinking today of the happy memories: many things, like the banana butties she introduced me to so many years ago (odd thing to remember but still a favourite), the lovely baking she always found time to do (including when she visited us and immediately took over the kitchen, over-feeding our dog into the bargain, ‘hey that dog’s al’ays hungry’) and the many good natured (mostly) arguments and ribbing with and between my Dad Clifford and my Uncle Ronnie, whenever they got together. It was like they lost decades in those feisty funny sessions. She always had a twinkle of mischief in her eyes, and I remember her winking at me when (as the elder sister) she would wind up or tell off my Dad or Uncle Ronnie (or both) on their youthful or recent activities (and them looking a bit sheepish). What a great and lovely lady – she will be greatly missed.


Tonia Taylor

Sleep tight lovely lady, you will be sadly missed.xx



Thinking of you all today. Sleep tight lovely lady. xxxxx


Alison Berry

I have very fond memories of Margaret when I was growing up, visiting the corner shop and her picking out the penny sweets for me. Lovely caring lady, one of the old West Enders. Thinking of you Diane and all the family, As you mourn the loss of your mu, may you find the strength in all the wonderful memories you shared together, she will never be far from your heart xxx


Simon, Lesley, Simon and Mayson

Thanks for the wonderful memories you’ve left us. Rest in Everlasting Peace xxxx