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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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Obituary - Catherine (Kitty) Pattinson, of Plumbland

Kitty Pattinson, who passed away in a Cockermouth care home on November 2, aged 95, was a well known musician and local music teacher for over 30 years in the Aspatria area.

She taught hundreds of pupils the piano and accordion.

She was also a farmers’ wife, tenanting Plumbland Mill until 1974 with late husband Joseph.

On retirement they moved to Orchard House, Plumbland, her parents’ former home, where she lived until 2008, selling the house in 2011.

Catherine (Kitty) Charters, the youngest of five children born to James and Isabella Charters, was born at Ennerdale on February 16, 1917.

The family moved to Bothel in 1923, where her father became a quarry contractor.

It was at Bothel where she developed her interest in music and received tuition.

She also played at local dances and became expert on the piano and boasted several diplomas; if she had so wished she could have gone professional.

The family moved to Plumbland where her father started to farm in 1941.

On April 14, 1952 Kitty married Joseph (Joe) Pattinson, whose family had been at Plumbland Mill since 1947, at St Cuthbert’s Church, Plumbland.

In the mid-1960s, and having mastered the organ, she was asked to consider becoming church organist, but did not take this up because of other pressures.

Kitty took her music classes firstly at Plumbland and later at Plumbland Mill.

Years later her husband bought her a Hammond organ, which she eventually mastered.

Kitty left no family of her own.

Her funeral service and interment took place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Plumbland, on November 9, conducted by the Rev Patricia Rogers.

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