Isa’s death marks end of an era

Date: Monday 27th March 2017
Isa Baildon
Isa Baildon

THE death of Isa Baildon, aged 93, at Cold Springs Park Bupa care home, Penrith, marked the end of an era in the history of the town’s St Andrew’s Church.

Isa, who was the granddaughter of Richard Harriman, a former verger of the church, followed in his footsteps by becoming an active and significant member of the congregation.

She was a member of the parochial church council, a bellringer, server, and a churchwarden from 1995 until 1998.

She also did much work behind the scenes, including cleaning the church silver and the Portland chandeliers, decorating the building for important festivals and supporting other events held at the church, such as concerts.

Her charity work went beyond St. Andrew’s, and she was a staunch supporter of the weekly services held at Greengarth and, even though she had no children of her own, she was additionally the branch leader of the Penrith Mothers’ Union.

Isa was the youngest of nine children born to Joseph and Caroline Coulston who, at the time of her birth, lived on Beacon Edge.

As a baby, Isa moved to West View on Nicholson Lane.

Her family were all members of the St. Andrew’s congregation, where her brothers were choristers.

During World War II she worked as a nurse and later found employment in local government, at the town’s Mansion House, where she was a secretary in the treasurer’s department.

In 1960 she married the late Harry, who also worked for Penrith Rural Council; he was also a member of the choir at St. Andrew’s. Isa would later became a member of Christ Church’s choir.

She had a lifelong love of music and even a debilitating stroke did little to reduce her passion. She continued to attend St. Andrew’s Church in a wheelchair right up to her death.

She is survived by her sister, Betty, and a large number of nephews and nieces.