SHE was described as a woman who loved hard work.
And even in her last few weeks, Joyce Kathleen Winterbottom was determined to carry on working.
She underwent 10 weeks of treatment in the oncology department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary but found the energy to organise a concert evening and raffle, expected to raise £4,000 for the unit.
Mrs Winterbottom, of South Crosland, died on October 25 at the age of 64.
She was born in Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham, but spent much of her childhood touring the world with her father, who was in the RAF.
At the age of 18 she met her husband to be, Barry, who also served in the RAF. They married in 1958.
The couple set up home in Wilshaw and later moved to Meltham, where they took over a general store in Huddersfield Road.
Joyce's boundless enthusiasm helped the business double in size and she later joined her husband working at Speedyfro, the frozen food retailers he set up.
Mrs Winterbottom later became a director of Roberts Yorkshire Puddings.
She was very well known in bowling circles. She was a member of Marsh Bowling Club and later joined Meltham, but was also instrumental in sponsoring the Speedyfro Handicap.
She was a member of the ladies' teams and took part in several Examiner overseas bowling trips.
She was also a member of Huddersfield Lawn Tennis Club and of keep-fit clubs, firstly at David Browns and later at Woodlands at Meltham Mills.
Mrs Winterbottom was a subscriber of Honley Male Voice Choir and sponsored them when they entertained the Central Band of the Royal Air Force in May 2001, in memory of her father.
Mrs Winterbottom leaves three children, twins Karen and Susan and son Richard, four grandchildren - Sarah, Laura, Emma and Jack - and three great-grandchildren - Georgia, Neve and Jamie.
A funeral service at St Bartholomew's Church and Huddersfield Crematorium was held yesterday.