A Farnhill woman who spent her life caring for others has died.

Former nurse Sheila Harrison, 69, died in Airedale Hospital. She had been ill with heart disease.

Her husband, Dr Adrian Harrison, said: “She loved her job and loved her family.

“She spent her whole life looking after other people – whether patients or family. She always thought of others, never herself.”

Mrs Harrison was born in Otley and trained at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

It was there she met the man who would become her husband – he was a house doctor.

The couple were married in 1965 – the same year Mrs Harrison, pictured, qualified as a nurse.

She and her husband moved to Farnhill in 1969. They have three children – Andy, Nick and Jill. Mrs Harrison worked at Keighley’s Victoria Hospital until it closed, then began working at Airedale.

She ended up as senior ward sister on Ward 19, before leaving to work for the Yorkshire Clinic, where she was the organisation’s first director of nursing.

Mrs Harrison’s funeral and cremation were due to take place at Skipton Crematorium yesterday.