A popular former Leeds landlady has died in hospital, aged 91, after a short illness.
Nancy “Nan” Butterfield, then Nan Farrer, ran The Coach and Horses in Commercial Street, Rothwell, with Syd Farrer.
The couple took over the pub in 1960 and Nan ran it on her own for a couple of years after Syd died, retiring in 1980.
She was a member of the Yorkshire Federation of Women’s Licensed Trade Association and treasurer of its Skyrack Ladies’ Auxiliary. In 1983 she married Allen Butterfield and they moved to Wetherby. When Allen died in 2002, Nan moved to Alwoodley, where she lived until recently. She died peacefully in her sleep at St James’ Hospital with her son Bob Farrer by her side.
He said: “My mum loved a laugh and joke and having a good time, although she didn’t stand any nonsense. She had suffered arthritis for a long time and was diagnosed with dementia six years ago but she never lost the ability to raise a smile.”
Mrs Butterfield’s funeral will take place at Lawnswood Crematorium, Leeds, at 1pm on Monday, March 4.