South Leeds: Morley’s tributes to ex-mayoress

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A former mayoress of Morley has died just days before her 101st birthday.

Tributes have been paid to Marjorie Trowsdale, who died on August 6 at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

Mrs Trowsdale, who would have turned 101 on September 11, lived in Morley all her life and was a member of St Peter’s Church congregation for around 90 years.

She was married to Stanley Trowsdale, who died in 1976.

Mr Trowsdale was a veteran of the Second World War after serving with the RAF and became a long-standing independent councillor and alderman of the Borough of Morley.The couple served as mayor and mayoress of the town in 1965–66.

Mrs Trowsdale is survived by her three sons Anthony, Jeremy and Stephen, along with 10 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Her son, David, passed away in 2008.

Stephen Trowsdale said: “She was well known in Morley for her work in the community and social life there.

“A lot of people knew of her.

“She will be remembered as someone who was always up for going anywhere, joining in and having a laugh.”

Mrs Trowsdale was photographed many times for the Morley Observer newspaper, including in 2005 when she celebrated her 90th birthday at St Peter’s Church Hall, on Rooms Lane.

Over the years she was also known for working for various retailers in Morley, including Thrift Stores and Riley’s Chemist. For the last five years she had been living at Knowle Manor care home, on Tennyson Terrace.

Mr Trowsdale thanked staff at the home for caring for his mother.

He said: “They were fantastic carers and looked after her superbly well.”

A funeral service will be held at St Peter’s Church from 1pm on Friday, August 19.

It will be followed by a reception at Morley Rugby Union Club.