Kathleen Purnell (4th Feb 1933 - 20th Nov 2021)
On Tue 7th Dec 2021 family, friends and fellow members of
Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society gathered at St
Laurence's Chorley Parish Church to say goodbye to our friend
Kath Purnell (1933-2021) who died last month on 20th Nov 2021.
Kath was brought up in Bolton and trained in accounting before
moving to London in the early 1960s where she worked for Acheson
Industries in the central accounts department. Kath said that in
those days she was blond as it was the only way to get a seat on
Kath Purnell (1933-2021)
Kath later moved to Chorley where she continued with her
interests of reading, dancing, singing and outdoor visits. She
was an integral part of Chorley Historical & Archaeological
Society and served on the committee for many years. Posts held
over the years were Treasurer, Vice-Chair and later Programme
Secretary when she found some fascinating speakers for our
During the service the Bible reading was from Psalm
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence
cometh my help.”
Another relevant reading was from Christina
Rossetti's poem (1830-1894):
When I come to the end of
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a
gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
a little, but not for long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that once we shared
Miss me, but let me go.
Inside the church we remembered Kath while outside Storm
Barra swept across the country bringing heavy rain and strong
Kath will be missed but her legacy lives on.
Kath (third from left) at a C.H.A.S. visit
to a rainy Bank
Hall in June 2010.
Kath in the Acheson Company magazine 1961.