Pensioner who decorated eggs for royalty dies

Egg Lady: Muriel Fletcher with examples of her work and the letter from Wills and Kate
Egg Lady: Muriel Fletcher with examples of her work and the letter from Wills and Kate

A WOMAN who became known as the “Egg Lady” has died aged 90.

Muriel Fletcher had a talent for making decorated eggs and her last creation was deemed fit for a future King and Queen.

Last summer she sent Wills and Kate a ostrich egg and received a letter of thanks from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

She told the Courier at the time she was a fan of the royal family.

“I wanted to send them a present. They will get all sorts sent but not a decorated ostrich egg,” she said.

“It was very nice of them to write to me.”

Her gift to royalty involved cutting out a section of a large ostrich egg and placing another egg inside with jewellery decorating it.

And, after decades of producing decorated eggs she said it would be her last big effort as her age was taking its toll.

She was born in Halifax but had been living at Willow Court, Elland, and died at the Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Her son, Allan Fletcher, said it wasn’t the first royal egg as she also produced a gift for when Prince Charles got married.

And, over the years she had produced eggs for special occasions.

“When she worked at John Mackintosh’s in Halifax she would make eggs for people celebrating anniversaries,” said Mr Fletcher.

She had also demonstrated her talents at clubs and old people’s homes.

Her main interest in her younger years was ballroom dancing.

She was a textile worker at Crossley Carpets before becoming a confectionery worker and then cleaner at Mackintosh’s where she spent many years.

For around 12 years she also worked at the Age Concern charity shop in Halifax town centre.

She was married to her late husband, Raymond, for nearly 60 years.

Mrs Fletcher also leaves another son, Keith, three surviving grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her funeral service is on Wednesday at The Chapel of Repose, Clare Road, Halifax, at 1.30 pm followed by cremation at Park Wood, Elland.