Father Irwin Stewart, from the Parish Church of Saint Paul The Apostle in Hunwick, has spoken of his sadness at the death of Lesley Caile.
He said: "Very shocked and distressed by such an event.
"She was always smiling. Very personable. Often used to see her walking down the lane with her dogs. A good member of the community, and from a community family as well."
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