Betty Bell Obituary

Stitchers mourn the loss of Betty Bell, one of its founder members

Bishop Monkton Stitchers have been saddened by the death of Betty Bell, one of the group's founder members (write Sheila Parsons and Jane Taplin)

When Stitchers was formed 17 years ago, originally to make kneelers for the church Betty was our mentor. Amongst the experienced needlewomen were many complete beginners, some unable to even thread a needle, who were taught and encouraged every step of  the way by Betty, who never tut tutted glaring errors, but with a smile patiently showed us where we were going wrong.  The result you can see in church when you look at the beautiful kneelers.

But that was not all. Betty designed the altar kneelers, which were worked by the Stitchers, as were some destined for Bishop Monkton Methodist Church  and also Ripon  Cathedral.

Other work instigated and overseen by Betty, together with Margaret Sykes, included the tapestry hangings in the Village Hall, one depicting the various clubs who use the hall, and one picturing some of the buildings in our village.

A few weeks before she died Betty made some designs for a proposed project for pew cushions for the church choir.

Betty bore her illness and suffering with her typical cheerfulness and never complained.  It is an understatement to say that she will be greatly missed