TRIBUTES from across the country hae been paid to a 'popular, loving and caring' bowler.
Annette Booth was well-known throughout the bowling circuit in and around the Potteries as a member of Milton Rec team.
The 65-year-old, pictured, was also respected in the community for her involvement with St John's Church in Wetley Rocks and for her work at Bentilee Post Office and general store, in Beverley Drive.
She had run the store with her 70-year-old husband Barry Booth for 21 years.
Mrs Booth – mother to Sharon, aged 48, and grandmother to twins James and Joanne, both aged 29 – died on Sunday at her home in Woodlands Avenue, Cheddleton, surrounded by her family.
She had fought bravely against cancer for more than two years.
Mr Booth, president of the Potteries and District Bowling Association, said: "She was the most loving and caring person you could meet. She was like that with everyone.
"The cards and texts and messages I have had, have been unbelievable, from all over the country.
"She has been poorly for two-and-a-half years with cancer. She started out with breast cancer and we thought she was clear, but then it came back in her lungs and brain.
"At New Year, they gave us three months, but she only lasted 26 days.
"But she didn't suffer. She was at home when she passed away.
"We had a good 35 years together. We were married for 30 years.
"They say husbands and wives working together shouldn't work, but it certainly did for us. Annette was the brains of the organisation. She was involved in everything.
"Everything Annette did, she did it very professionally."
Potteries and District County Bowling Association secretary, Barry Massey said: "She was a lovely lady. She will be sadly missed, everyone knew her."
Sandra Joines, Trent Vale bowler and competition organiser, added: "I first met Annette about 25 years ago. She was a lovely person. She was always a real lady."
Mrs Booth's friends and team-mates from Milton Rec will meet this Friday for a social gathering, when they will plan to pay tribute and say prayers for her.
Longtime friend Hazel McDonald, aged 72, from Ash Bank, said: "Annette was lovely.
"She was never angry with herself or anyone else.
"We were thinking of cancelling the occasion this Friday, because it is so sad, but I think it will be nice to talk about Annette and bring her back in our minds."
Details of Mrs Booth's funeral, to take place at St John's Church, will be announced at a later date.