A FORMER artist and sculptor has died after a 10-year-long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mary Edyvean, 88, passed away peacefully at home with her son, Rob, by her side.

Mrs Edyvean was a key member of Bury Art Society throughout her life.

Starting off as the society's secretary, Mrs Edyvean went on to become the president.

Many of Mary’s paintings were exhibited in Wensley Gallery in Ramsbottom and can still be seen there today. She specialised in flower and landscape paintings and mainly used watercolours and pastels in her work.

During her time as a society member, Mrs Edyvean was said to be a force for good as she fought to keep the society open when problems arose.

Society organisers continued to list Mrs Edyvean as president until her death, despite her inability to participate in the club in recent years due to her condition.

Mrs Edyvean originally started her career in graphic art, before marrying husband Ronnie in 1961. The couple went on to have three children together, Elaine, Robert and Jane.

She then pursued a new career as an occupational therapist in Prestwich, working predominantly in the mental health sector.

Throughout her life, Mrs Edyvean also turned her hand to home furnishings, before going on to teach the skill at Bury Technical College, now known as Bury College.

Mrs Edyvean and Ronnie, who died five years ago, enjoyed an action-backed retirement together in their 50s.

The pair spent 10 to 15 years travelling the world, visiting parts of Africa, China and the United States.

Mrs Edyvean is survived by her children and her three grandchildren, Lennon, Pip and Bodie.

Her daughter Elaine said: “All our lives, we were surrounded by mum’s art but she had so many other talents. She could turn her hand to just about anything creative. She was the most amazing dressmaker and seamstress, a skilled furniture restorer and a fabulous cook. Of course, she was also our wonderful mum and she has left a great hole in all our lives.”

Her funeral will be taking place on Monday at Radcliffe Crematorium at 3.30pm.