Hawkes, Emily Louisa (nee Barford) (1862-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Curry

Mrs. Emily Hawkes was born in Luton, July 22nd, 1862. As a child she attended our High Town Sunday school, and took part in the anniversary celebrations. Her father died when she was but four years old, but she followed in the footsteps of good mother, and in early days became a follower of Christ, and joined the Church,

Her first Christian work was that of a Sunday school teacher, which she continued as long as health would allow; and she did her utmost to aid her husband, who is still superintendent. Besides this she took an active part in the work of the Church, was a regular worshipper, and in all efforts for raising funds she was among the foremost. A woman of gentle spirit and quiet ways, ever shedding a genial, uplifting influence around her, she was beloved by all who knew her. 

She passed away on November 25th, 1915. The funeral service in High Town church was conducted by Revs. W. Curry and E.E. Jobling. On the following Sunday evening the Rev. W. Curry conducted a memorial service.


Emily was born on 22 July 1862 at Luton, Bedfordshire, to parents William Barford, a hat blocker (1861), and Susan Brashier.

Before her marriage Emily worked as a straw hat finisher (1881) and start hat machinist (1901).

She married Joseph Henry Hawkes (abt1864-1936), an insurance agent (1911), in the summer of 1901 at Luton, Bedfordshire.

Emily died on 25 November 1915 at Luton, Bedfordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/332

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