YOUTH worker Andrea Thewlis has died after a fight with breast cancer.
Mrs Thewlis was one of the longest- serving nursing assistants at Lindley Special Care.
She died on January 11 aged 65 and leaves husband Jack and three sons Simon, Toby and Christopher.
She also has one grandson Jack, mother Catherine Eaves and sisters Rochelle and Jaqulette.
Educated at Almondbury Secondary Modern, she became the youngest girl to be accepted to the Huddersfield College of Art where she studied alongside artists Wilf Lunn and Ashley Jackson.
Mrs Thewlis trained as a florist but in 1986 went to work for the NHS as a nursing assistant.
She became the founder of the Scholes Playgroup and rekindled her passion in youth work and trained as a youth leader.
She worked as an assistant at Hepworth and Scholes Youth Club, working alongside her husband Jack.
Through her illness with breast cancer, she dedicated time to working with people with severe learning disabilities.
Her husband Jack said: “Even though she suffered with breast cancer she never let it stop her caring for others.”