Former chairman of South Holland District Council Amanda Puttick died on Saturday following a long battle with illness.
Council leader Gary Porter described his former cabinet colleague as “a great champion for the people of Donington”.
She was first elected in the district council’s Donington, Quadring and Gosberton ward in 1999 and, as well as becoming council chairman, served as portfolio holder for housing and as a scrutiny committee chairman.
She had also served as a Lincolnshire county councillor.
Mrs Puttick was seriously ill with kidney failure and was on dialysis. It is believed she suffered a stroke on Monday of last week and was admitted to the hospital where she died.
She courageously battled on with her council work as her health declined, but gradually had to give up more and more of her responsibilities.
Coun Porter said Mrs Puttick was a friend of most of the Conservative group, not just a member, and enjoyed writing the lines for the group’s panto at their Christmas get-togethers.
He said: “Obviously she was very Donington focused, she was a great champion for the people of Donington and that was how she first got involved with us.”
She had lived in Donington for many years before moving to Spalding.
Mrs Puttick was an active member of the Improving the Donington Environment for All (IDEA) group and was involved in several campaigns. In recent years she worked to solve the problem of overflowing bins in Flinders Park and set up an action plan to help improve the village.
It’s believed Mrs Puttick was in her fifties and leaves family including two daughters.