Catherine Hanshaw has described her friend, Elizabeth Kinston, as a 'lovely source of support' to all of those around her.
She added that she was 'dedicated to her children'.
Police have today confirmed that they believe a body found in Nottingham is that of the mother missing from her home in Beeston since November 1.
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The Duke of Edinburgh is in Leicestershire for a passing out parade at the country's only Defence Sixth Form College.
The fire service found a fire in a first-floor bedroom, and managed to put it out before it could spread to other parts of the house.
Sunshine will break through the cloud today, but showers are on the way tomorrow.