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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Obituary - Audrey Greenslade of Cockermouth

A popular Cockermouth sportswoman has died aged 79.

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Audrey Greenslade: ‘A caring person’

Audrey Greenslade, of Dale Close, died on Tuesday after suffering from ovarian cancer.

She was a member of Cockermouth’s Lorton Street badminton club and was part of the first ever Cumbria over-65 squad that won a national championship in 2003.

She was also a very active member of Croft Bowling Club where she won many trophies.

Mrs Greenslade was born in Gateshead in 1933, and was due to be evacuated to North Yorkshire at the outbreak of World War Two.

However, she declined and stayed in Gateshead throughout the war and the bombings.

Her elder brother Kenneth Richardson was in the Royal Navy and he lost his life when his submarine was sank by a U-boat in 1945.

Mrs Greenslade worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead and in 1950 started writing to a pen pal, Eric, who was serving in Egypt in the army. He became her husband.

Mr Greenslade, 80, returned to the UK in 1953 and the couple moved to Cumbria and married in 1955.

They moved all over the county living in Penrith, Workington, Keswick and Whitehaven before settling in Cockermouth in 1981 when Eric, a Chief Superintendent with Cumbria police, was stationed at the former western division police headquarters in Brigham.

Mrs Greenslade, who worked as a matron in old people’s homes, played badminton all her life from the age of 15.

She was a member of the Lorton Street Club and played for the Greta club at Keswick, and for Penrith, Whitehaven and West Cumbria Farmers.

She was a member of Cumbria over-60s squad that was the leading team in England in the early 2000s and who won a number of national championships.

She was then a member of the first Cumbria over-65s squad, which went on to win the first over-65s inter county championship in 2003.

Mrs Greenslade and her playing partner Cameron McCallum were the two oldest players in the final and won both their games to take the trophy.

Mr Greenslade said: “She was a very competitive woman and she was very good at badminton. She was well known and had loads of friends across the county because of the variety of clubs she played for.

“Later on she loved her bowling which was practically a full-time job. Two or three years ago she was the greens champion and also won loads of other trophies.”

Mrs Greenslade loved literature and her grandchildren.

Her daughter Barbara Maxwell, 57, said: “She loved her literacy and music as well as walking in the Lakes and you could always find her up mountains.

“She looked after all her children brilliantly and we adored her.”

Her son Ian Greenslade, 49, added: “She was such a caring person. She was always helping us when fit and well, and even when she had her cancer and was ill she was more bothered about us.”

Mrs Greenslade is survived by her husband Eric, daughters Barbara, Heather Wilkinson and Erica Rooney, son Ian, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday at 11am at Lorton Street Methodist Church, Cockermouth.

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