8:00am Thursday 10th October 2013
Former Sutton millworker Florence Pritchard has died at the age of 101.
She lived in the same house in the village for almost 80 years until her 101st birthday earlier this year.
Following a stay in Airedale Hospital she moved to Sutton Hall Nursing Home, where she died peacefully last month.
Florence’s son Alan paid tribute to the mother-of-two who adopted the village as her home.
He said: “She spent almost her whole life in Sutton. She loved the village and never wanted to leave.”
Florence was born in the former mining village of Askern, near Doncaster, and moved to Sutton when she was just 14.
She was brought to the village as part of an initiative to provide the textiles industry with more workers.
When she arrived at her new home, a girls’ hostel in Sutton, the matron in charge thought she would not stay longer than two weeks.
When she reached 100, in April last year, she said she had proved the matron wrong by staying more than eight decades.
Florence worked at Bairstow’s Mill, first as a spinner, then a twister and later as a burler and mender.
She met her future husband, Wilfred (Bill) Pritchard, while working in the mills, and the pair started out together in 1936 by renting a house in West Lane.
Florence and Bill initially paid eight shillings a week rent for the property, which they later bought.
Bill, who died 15 years ago, and Florence had two sons, Ron, who lives in Wyke, and Alan, who lives in Eldwick.
Florence also had four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
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