ANIMAL lover Erlys Edwards was known in Huddersfield as ‘Miss RSPCA’.
She worked tirelessly for the charity after her retirement from Peter’s department store.
Miss Edwards, of Lowerhouses, served as branch secretary of the RSPCA in Huddersfield from 1984 until 2001.
During that time she was involved with all aspects of the branch’s work including re-homing cats and dogs, the Kirklees dog neutering scheme, home checking and fostering dogs herself.
Miss Edwards was also an active fundraiser and was instrumental in establishing the branch charity shop on Trinity Street in 1991.
Failing health forced her to relinquish her role as secretary in late 2001. However, she continued to help in the charity shop until her health deteriorated further.
In 2002 she was recognised by the charity for her long and meritorious service and awarded the RSPCA Queen Victoria Bronze Medal.
Miss Edwards was particularly fond of cats and, when she had to leave her home, her cat Jack went to live with Sue Banks, one of the branch’s long-term cat fosterers and a good friend.
Miss Edwards was also a keen singer, and was a member of Huddersfield Choral Society with which she travelled overseas and the Glee and Madrigal Society.
She was a regular worshipper at Longley and Lowerhouses Community Church where she often played piano for services and events.
Miss Edwards died on August 16, just two weeks short of her 87th birthday.
Her funeral will be held at Longley and Lowerhouses Community Church from 11am on Thursday.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in Miss Edwards’ memory can send a cheque payable to ‘RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District’ to RSPCA Animal Home, Wade Street, Halifax, HX1 1SN.