A WOMAN who loved to help people including representing her community as a district councillor for Cheadle's South East ward has died.
Karen Maryon, aged 58, from Winnothdale near Tean passed away on Sunday morning.
She had been suffering from the rare disease of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD).
Although diagnosed with the illness five years ago, she had only been in a critical care facility for the last two years at Guardian Care in Trentham, but recently following a fall that broke her arm, she had started to suffer from complications that culminated in her death.
Husband Mike said that despite her young age she had many interesting experiences and enjoyed an active life.
He said: "Everyone will have their own memories of Karen but for me it will always be her irrepressible radiant smile.
"I managed to look after her at home for about two-and-a half years. But it got to the point where it was impossible.
"Karen was a 'Lancashire Lass' whose early working life at the Gas Board was dramatically impacted upon, after a chance photograph became the front cover of the Blackpool Tourist Brochure, displacing the Blackpool Towers dominance for the proceeding years.
"A modelling career including being 'Page Three' girl of the year followed this - but after the birth of her only son she was determined to become a nurse. She eventually became a midwife and for many years was home delivering many Blackpool and Fylde coast babies, followed by a period in midwifery management in Cheshire after we had met and fallen in love.
"I met Karen in the Royal Naval Reserve when she was a Senior Nursing Officer in whose service she served for many years, being awarded the Reserve Decoration the RD. Oddly enough her midwifery skills were often in demand by the Royal Navy and she was asked to deliver babies at the Royal Naval Hospital in Gibraltar on occasion."
Mrs Maryon involvement in politics was accidental after the couple moved to the Staffordshire Moorlands to live.
Mr Maryon added: "Karen led a campaign to stop the local quarry blasting at Freehay even though they had planning permission for twenty years to do so and people had tried before.
"After tackling head office, the national quarry company eventually capitulated to Karen's will and changed from blasting to ripping using a big machine that was imported from the USA at great expense.
"Karen then stood as a district councillor for Cheadle South East and was elected to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. Just before the onset of her illness she was chairman of the district council from 2007 to 2008.
"She loved being chairman and loved being with children. She was also involved in raising money for charities as she always like to make a difference to people's lives.
"She was also a Non-Executive Director with the North Staffordshire Combined Health Care Trust for many years."
Councillor Sybil Ralphs, leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: "Karen was a good friend as well as a colleague. I have very fond memories of her time here at SMDC both as a district councillor and chairman. They were happy times and in the sadness of her death her laughter, her kindness and her dedication to her work are memories that I will treasure."