FRIENDS and fellow councillors have paid tribute to a woman who worked tirelessly for her community.
May Day, pictured, of Werrington died suddenly last Tuesday night, aged 71.
She served as a member of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and was also a parish councillor for the Staffordshire Independent party.
Friend and fellow councillor, Lisa Martin, said: “The last thing I want to do before Christmas was to compose a tribute to councillor May Day.
“May and all of us have so many plans for the future. May and myself have sat on this settee making those plans, with her husband Bill on the chair.
“Our group spent last Sunday evening celebrating Christmas.
“Firstly, May, Bill, and myself went to Werrington Methodist Church for the carol service. It was lovely, and we were happy and laughing.
“After our night out we all piled back to my house and when everyone had gone we did our usually trick, May and myself fell asleep on this settee.
“The next time I spoke to May was Tuesday. She was so excited about Christmas this year, like she was every year.
“But this year the family had just had a new addition. Holly Mae was born in June, so it made Christmas extra special, and May was unusually organised.
“May was devoted to her family. She was an excellent wife to Bill, a lovely mother and nan who loved them all so much and knew them all inside out. She was my friend and mentor.
“May did her very busy council work quietly, but effectively, and never gave in.
“She was founder of Werrington Well Dressing, of which our community enjoyed. That was very important to May.
“Werrington and Cellarhead have lost a great lady in my opinion who cannot be replaced.
“A lot of the work May did no-one ever new about, and never will, and she was working up until the day she left us.
“May was a lady, but she loved a laugh. And we have laughed so much.”
Another friend and parish council colleague Jean Hodgetts said she was devastated.
She said: “A group of us went to The Red Cow on Sunday night and had an enjoyable time. I absolutely cannot believe this. She was looking forward to Christmas.
“It is one big shock as we were friends who always had something to talk about.”
Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Councillor Sybil Ralphs, said: “I have known May for many years, before she even became a district councillor.
“She was a lovely lady and always had a smile. May always had a pleasant word for everyone. She will be sadly missed.”
Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the district council, Henry Jebb, said he was very shocked by the news.
He said: “This is very sad as May contributed so well to the district council and will be a very sad loss to the community.
“Our thoughts are with her husband Bill and the family at this sad time.”
Leader of the Labour Party at the district council, Chris Wood, said: “I have worked with May for two years.
“She was a very dedicated and forthright in a very professional manner.
“May treated everyone courteously and always did her best for the residents she served.
“This is a big shock and a very sad loss.”
Leader of the Moorlands Democratic Alliance at the district council, Linda Malyon, said: “May did such a lot of work in the community and also worked alongside her husband Bill.
“She will be sadly missed, but will not be forgotten.”