Funeral Service

Time: 11.00am

Date: Thursday 30th May 2024

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

Pauline Quinn OBE

Passed away peacefully at her home lovingly cared for by her husband Brian, daughter Jennifer, her very good friends and a wonderful team of careers on 14th May 2024 aged 78 years of Great Harwood and formerly Liverpool. The devoted and much loved wife of Brian, loving mum of Jennifer and the late Richard, dear mother-in-law of Roy and adored grandma ‘po’ of Anna and Captain and a loved relative and dear friend to many.

Pauline was the most dedicated midwife devoting herself to those in her care, she qualified as a State Registered Nurse in Liverpool before completing her training to become  a State Certified Midwife, she worked her way through the ranks before retiring from her position as Head of Women and Children’s Service for ELHT. She was well known and highly respected in her field and was awarded an OBE for her services to midwifery. Pauline was a lady who gave her time freely to others and was always on hand to help out anyone in need, she was the former vice chair at East Lancashire Hospice and a dedicated volunteer at Victim Support and Women’s Aid as well as being on the board at The Wish Centre and chair of The Great Harwood Medical Group’s Patient Participation Group and was much loved and respected for her dedication and enthusiasm. In her spare time Pauline loved to travel and over the years she has enjoyed many worldwide trips visiting Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the USA as well as enjoying many far flung cruises with trips to South Africa, India and Singapore enjoying some well earned rest and relaxation whilst experiencing the local cultures. Pauline always kept herself fit and healthy and loved to attend her yoga and Pilate classes and she was a regular face at the Dunkenhalgh fitness suite. She was a doting family lady who loved nothing more than spending time with those closest to her and she was the most proud ‘po’ to her grandchildren.


Family flowers only please. Donation are being gratefully received in Pauline’s memory on behalf of East Lancashire Hospice. 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 Pauline’s online memorial book by completing the form below.

    Sue Henry

    Sending all my love and condolences. Pauline was an inspirational lady whom I always held in high regard in my career. Pauline, always kind, compassionate, and an amazing leader. Rest in peace Pauline xxx

    Ian Templeman

    Condolences to Brian, Jenny, Roy, Anna and Captain. Pauline was a lovely woman, a proud scouser who I know you will miss so much. Cherish the memories, there must be so many. Thinking of you all as I walk the Camino Del Norte. I will light a candle in the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. Love to you all xx

    Sheena Byrom

    Dear Brian and Jennifer, You know I am thinking of you each and every moment. In my extreme sadness remembering that Pauline has left us too soon I have to remind myself how very lucky I am to have had her in my life. Pauline positively influenced the lives of thousands of women and families and her legacy lives on within the maternity services in East Lancashire – which is one of the best in the country. My role model, my mentor – PQ, will always be in my heart. Sending so much love ❤️

    Catherine McCormick

    I send my deepest sympathy to you all. Pauline was an inspiration to her midwifery colleagues and friends and championed the very best care for mothers, babies their families and also for the midwives who cared for them .

    Julie Taylor

    RIP Pauline you were an inspiration to ELHT Midwifery Department

    Liz Martindale

    Pauline was such a wonderful person and will be sadly missed. I will remember her for her fairness, compassion and scouse sense of humour. Thoughts and prayers go to her family xx

    Allison whitehead

    I met Pauline at the start of my midwifery training in 1993 where she was the Head of Midwifery services, QPH – a kind and compassionate woman – no airs or graces – she made you feel special. Our paths crossed again some years ago when I cared for her daughter

    Mary Newburn

    I’m so sorry to hear that Pauline has died. Pauline contacted me for my ideas and thoughts when she was proposing organising midwifery services to provide all women with continuity of care through a team midwifery approach, back in the 1990s, following publication of Changing Childbirth, the policy calling for women to have choice, control and continuity. She was a really practical ideas person. Determined to put into practice the vision that others were much slower to engage with. She knew that the gains she planned to realise would involve some unpopular losses in order to release funding. She was not afraid to go through challenges to be a leader for change to improve the quality of care overall and for groups who needed better clinical care, greater advocacy and support. She came to me, knowing that I might disagree with her proposal, to explain the rationale. We talked through the evidence and local needs. We developed a rich, respectful healthcare professional/service user advocate relationship, and long-lasting friendship. It was such a pleasure to meet her again years later in Sheena’s garden to catch up with much happiness and laughter in the sunshine. Her own family were her big focus post-retirement, and she clearly enjoyed that immensely. We shared children and grandchildren stories. Sending love to all of Pauline’s family and friends.

    Jayne Case

    So sorry for your loss, Pauline was an inspirational leader as well as being so kind and compassionate, I am so sad for all her family, friends and colleagues. A woman to look up to and a leader to aspire to. xx

    Joy Bradshaw

    Pauline has been a good friend and colleague of long standing and she will always have a place in my heart. She was a special person with so many admirable qualities that made her irreplaceable. It was a privilege to have known her and to be able to call her “friend”. May she rest easy safe in the knowledge that she made a difference to the lives of so many, both professionally and personally. My thoughts are with you, her devoted family of whom she was justifiably so proud. With much sadness, Joy

    Karen Narramore

    So sorry to hear of Pauline’s passing. Condolences to her family

    Janice Bufton

    Pauline was my community midwife/mentor when I was a student midwife then I was lucky enough to become one of her managers. She was truly inspirational and dedicated to ELHT services for women. She had a ability to enthuse those around her which was an amazing quality to have as a leader RIP Pauline….you are and will be missed ❤️

    Susan Jackson

    So sorry Brian and family to hear of Pauline’s passing, she was such a lovely lady, my deepest sympathy to you all.

    Esther Leach

    Sending loads of love to Brian, Jen, Roy, Anna, Captain and all  Pauline’s wider family. What a formidable woman! I feel so honored to have known her and I am sure the memories you all have will help you through this difficult time.  RIP Po ! xxx


    She was the most lovely, kind caring person to me when I had my daughter 44 years ago

    Pauline Geraghty (The Wish Centre)

    All at The Wish Centre (past and present) send our love and condolences to Brian and family at this sad time. Pauline was an incredible trustee over many years with us and then became our patron. She worked tirelessly for women and children who needed our services and was an inspiration to the team. We were so glad when she stood down as a trustee that she remained involved and helped in any way she could. Pauline will be missed but her legacy lives on and we will never forget her. Thinking of everyone who has treasured Pauline and will miss her.

    Vivien Bickham

    Sending heartfelt condolences to Brian and family Pauline was an incredible woman who did so much to make the lives of others for the better I was lucky to work with Pauline through Victim Support and Women’s Aid She was an incredible inspiration She will be sadly missed just know the legacy of her work and love of life will go on.

    Tuhina Chatterjee

    I met Mrs Quinn in 1984 when I joined in our department.She had most beautiful honest and a genuine smile. We got on so very well. The Late Mr David Goodall who spoke my language fluently  was a good friend of Mrs Quinn and told me what a nice person she was.We all Link Workers had so much respect for Mrs Quinn.

    Vivien Bickham

    Pauline was an inspiring leader and innovator, I had the privilege of working with her on Domestic Abuse projects and with Victim Support Her legacy will continue and she will be fondly remembered.

    Marian Drazek

    Working with Pauline, both as Heads of Midwifery and at the North West LSA was a pleasure and a privilege, she was always so supportive. Becoming friends was a bonus – so both myself and Nigel send our condolences to Brian and family.

    Pete Brennan

    Sending my condolences to Brian, Jennifer, Roy. I was so shocked and saddend to read of Paulines passing. She was a very insperational woman. Thinking of you all in these saddest of times…

    Carol Kingdon

    I am so sorry to hear of Pauline’s passing. I will remember Pauline for her leadership support of the first Midwifery Research roles in Lancashire. She was ahead of the time recognising the value of the Midwifery Research Department in Liverpool and keen to replicate its success for Lancashire. I wrote the business case. Pauline made it happen. Along the way we had such a laugh as I learnt all about her training in Liverpool. I will forever remember Pauline as a very special lady with integrity, honesty and humour. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Anita Fleming

    Sending sincere condolences to Pauline’s family and friends. She was an inspirational leader who was very highly regarded.

    She was caring and dedicated, and left an amazing legacy. RIP Pauline x

    Helen Jackson

    Still cant quite believe your not here anymore! You have been like my second mum for so long. Im so proud of all the work you put into the work you put into our NHS you have left a great Legacy behind you. You were the most caring friend and always looked after me, we have been threw so much together over the last 22 years and i am proud to call you my forever friend. I love and miss you with all my heart Po x Much love H x

    Danielle Marsh

    Dear Brian, Jennifer and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Pauline was a truly remarkable lady who I know will be greatly missed. I was fortunate to have you as neighbours in Wiltshire throughout many years and to babysit for Richard and Jennifer. I was honoured to spend the night before my wedding and to get married from your house (mum and dad had moved to Leeds). I consider myself very lucky to have known Pauline. Sending my love to you all. Danielle

    Ali & Bob Middleton

    A lovely lady, who gave freely her love, time, expertise and care to anyone who needed it. You will be sadly missed by so  many people, from so many different walks of life, including your many Pilates Buddies at Reflex.
    Brian, Jen, Roy, Anna and Captain, you were her world and she expressed on many an occasion how very kind and selfless you were in caring for her through her illness, particularly over the last few months. You did her proud.
    Pauline Quinn OBE, wife, mother, grandmother and all round good egg, we wish you a well earned peaceful sleep lovely lady.
    Anne Jackson-Baker
    I send my condolences to Pauline’s much loved family and friends. She was a remarkable woman who reached out to all who knew her. She fought to ensure that women and their families got the highest standards of care delivered with compassion and respect for all.Her energy and enthusiasm seemed boundless. She was a joy to work with and to be with.  My thoughts are with her beloved family and her many friends.
    Margaret Conboy
    Dear Brian & Jennifer it is a time like no other. We have lost one of the brightest of stars. A true Lady and Leader god bless.
    Angela OToole
    Sending my deepest condolences. Pauline was such a beautiful lady inside and out and it was a pleasure to have known her. Pauline had compassion, strength and courage to make the Maternity services at East Lancs so much better for the women and families.  Because of Pauline and the work she championed it lives on today.
    Rineke Schram
    My condolences to Brian, Jenny, Roy, Anna and Captain.  Pauline was Head of Midwifery when I joined as a young consultant in 1996.  She was inspirational in her drive, empathy but in particular her ability to ‘lead by example’, resulting in one of the best (if not the best) maternity service in the country.  That is her legacy, and her family should be very proud of that.
    Carol O’Brien
    Thanking you with all my heart for our special friendship Pauline. Sending all my love to all her wonderful family. Rest in Peace Pauline xx❤️family
    Anne Sharples
    So sorry to hear about Pauline My Deepest Sympathy