TRIBUTES have been made to a "caring" and "fantastic" nurse and magistrate who died last week.
Accrington-born Christine McEwan (née Hindle) died on Monday, January 4 2021, aged 71, from Covid-19.
Daughter Nicola McCumskay said: "I'm so proud of her. She has been such a fantastic role model for me and my two children.
"She was very family orientated, she was always there. She was so caring and always wanted to help others and was always the first one to help.
"She was a wife, sister, mother, nanna, aunt, cousin, mother in law and friend to lots of people and she will be desperately missed."
Born on April 9, 1949, Christine became a cadet nurse in 1965 aged 16 after developing a passion to work in nursing at a young age.
Christine dedicated nearly 40 years of her life to the NHS and after completing her training, she worked in A and E at Blackburn Royal Infirmary as a nurse.
She also worked as a junior sister on ward 7, adult medical ward, at Blackburn hospital before becoming a district midwife.
After this, Christine became a nursing officer at Bramley Meade Maternity Homes in Whalley, Accrington Victoria Hospital and Bull Hill maternity home in Darwen until they closed.
Christine then worked as a midwifery manager in Blackburn before assisting in setting up the hospital safeguarding in East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.
In her final position with the NHS, Christine became a community family planning nurse for Blackburn with Darwen and the Ribble Valley, until she retired from the health service in 2004.
She also completed her magistrate training for Adult and Youth courts in Blackburn and Hyndburn, coming to Blackburn bench in 2004, and acted as a magistrate for 16 years before retiring in April 2020.
Christine then became a school governor at St Leonards C of E School in Langho and was a very active member of St Leonards church in Langho.