Maureen Unsworth from Wickersley died on 23 December, 2015.
Her lifelong friend, Amanda Wren, said of her, “Maureen Unsworth, daughter of Fred and Dolly Unsworth, lived in Thurcroft until the family came to Wickersley in the mid Sixties, along with Dolly’s mum, Annie, (Little Grandma). They could not have picked a better place to live, as it was literally just through the hedge to Blessed Trinity Church. Not only a place a worship for the Unsworths, but a very big part of their lives. There wasn’t much went off in the church without Maureen and her mum being at the centre of it. Looking after the sacristy and every liturgy, as well as bingo, coffee and cake mornings, Maureen also played a hugely supportive role to all the priests who have served this parish. So much so she was affectionately known as “the little curate”. Her many good deeds and services to the church were recognised with a Bene Merenti medal from the Pope.
“Having heard all Maureen did for the church you may be wondering how she managed to fit anything else in but she did. After attending Whiteley’s Secretarial and Business School in Sheffield she was employed by Kennions Peanuts, Rotherham, who we all know as KP these days. She had many years long service with KP and made some enduring friendships with her work colleagues. She would look forward to catch ups with them at special times. Maureen took early retirement in 1997 to look after her mum but I’m sure her presence was greatly missed at KP.
“Blessed Trinity is geographically at the centre of Hallam Diocese, so the church and hall became a regular meeting place for diocesan gatherings. Maureen used to make provision for these and organise a hospitality team of parishioners to look after the visitors, a service to the wider Church that was very much appreciated.
“Maureen had time also to squeeze in a few hobbies, one of which was to attend dress making classes here in the church hall. She became very accomplished, got certificates and made herself some very nice dresses and jackets, and altar cloths for the churches that she was connected with.
“She meant so much to so many people. She was a remarkable lady who always put others before herself. She truly was one of the best people you could wish to know.
“Just like Maureen now we must trust in God to help us as we say goodbye for now to her. She will be fondly remembered and hold a special place in our hearts. Rest in Peace Maureen.”