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Tue 07 Dec 2021
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 the underground.

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 meetings.
During the service the Bible reading was from Psalm 121:
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 the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me 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 winds.
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.
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