Tributes paid to Preston’s Primrose

Thanksgiving service: Annie Primrose Smith when she celebrated her 100th birthday
Thanksgiving service: Annie Primrose Smith when she celebrated her 100th birthday
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A special Thanksgiving service was held to celebrate the life of one of Preston’s oldest residents.

Annie Primrose Smith, who was known to all by her middle name, sadly passed away at the Royal Preston Hospital on January 23 after suffering a fall at her home on January 8 at the age of 103.

Primrose’s daughter, Millie, paid tribute to her mother, saying she “remained amazing and positive right up to the end.”

Millie added: “Mum was completely fit, was taking no regular medication and continued to be quick witted and had a great sense of humour before she sadly fell and broke her hip.

“The paramedics and RPH were wonderful and I would like to give them some credit as this was at the height of the A&E crisis across the country.

Millie said: “Mum was treated like royalty and everything was done to help her with great compassion.”

Primrose, the seventh child in a family of 10 children, grew up on a dairy farm in Greavestown, near Lea before moving to Ashton.

She married garage owner John Bourn Smith when she was 27, lived in the same house in Fulwood that they moved to in 1938 as newlyweds and during the Second World War, worked at a Land Girl.

At the service held at Inglewhite Congregational Church on Thursday, BBC Chorister of the Year 2012, Louisa Stirland sang ‘Amazing Grace’ and John Rutter’s ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

Primrose, who was widowed and outlived her three sons, James, David and John Hampson Smith, was a much loved grandma, great-grandma and aunt.