Funeral Service

Time: 12.20pm

Date: Wednesday 11th May 2022

Service Details:
Nora's funeral service will be held at Accrington Cremaotirum, Burnley Road, Accrington BB5 6HA

Nora Whitford

Peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Springhill on 28th April 2022, Nora aged 85 years of Great Harwood, formerly of Rishton, passed away. The devoted and much loved wife of Deryl, adored mum of Julie and Gareth, loved mother-in-law of Stephen and Sandra, cherished grandma of Ben, Sam, Sophie and Izzy, great-grandma of Livia and Lockie, dear sister of Sheila and David and sister-in-law of Bernice.

Born and raised in Rishton, Nora was a well known face in the local community. Nora met the love of her life, Deryl in 1957 whilst he was on leave from the Royal Air Force. The couple were soon married in Bahrain where Deryl was posted and remained living there. They made the move back to the UK in 1958 and settled in Rishton before moving to Great Harwood in later years. Nora was a lover of all animals, especially owls and cats and she loved to be out and about with her camera adding to her ever growing albums. Holidays were always a favourite time for Nora and over the years she travelled around the globe enjoying the sites and culture of each place she visited. In later years, holidays were spent in the UK enjoying cottages, cycling, narrow boats and wild mushroom picking. Most of all, Nora was a devoted mother and wife who adored all her family and always looked forward to spending time with them and will be very much missed by all.

Family flowers only please, donations can be made in memory of Nora on behalf of Hawk & Owl Trust, Cats Protection or Dementia UK. To make a donation please click the blue button at the bottom of this page.

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Messages for the family of Nora Whitford


Susan Jackson (Turner)

Please accept my sincere condolences. Nora became a family friend when she cleaned for my mum, she loved our Labrador Cass and if I ever returned home and she wasn’t there I knew I would find her with Nora, she used to say she couldn’t leave her behind because of sad look.


Amanda Hughes-Horan

Julie – just wanted to say we’re thinking of you all, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Mum sounds like such a wonderful person., take care and stay strong, with all our love Amanda, Tim and Anna xxx



I’ll always remember her as my wonderful, kind and caring grandmother. It always makes me smile remembering when she used to look after us as kids and when she wanted us back home for food she used to whistle so loud we could hear it from half a mile away. Many fond memories.



Thinking of you all tomorrow at this sad time. Make sure you give her a good send off as she would have wanted. XX


Brian and Mary Potts

Happy memories of a good friend who will be missed by all of us. Hope to share in tomorrow’s fond farewell.