A former district nurse and midwife who had 10 children of her own has died at the age of 90.
Eileen Mary Watson, who originated from Longridge, was renowned across Preston and South Ribble not just for her nursing skills, but as a “formidable” businesswoman.
She moved to Lostock Hall after marrying her late husband Bernard, a bomber pilot who was shot down during the Second World War.
Between them they built their family home which was to later house four daughters and six sons.
Bernard was well known across Preston as a builder and undertaker and after his sudden death in 1980 Eileen took over his numerous businesses- as well as caring for her large family.
Eileen spent 30 years tending her eldest son Simon, who was severely injured in a road accident.
Elder daughter Jane said Eileen was devoted to her children and extended family and it was only after Simon’s death that she developed a love of travelling.
A devout Catholic, daughter Sarah added: “She went on every pilgrimage going.”
Eileen was a much-loved member of Our Lady and St Gerard’s parish and despite her years continued to attend mass.
The grandma to 18 had a heart pacemaker fitted four years ago but had been ill for the last three.
Requim Mass and internment take place at noon today at Our Lady and St Gerard’s.