MOURNERS packed the pews at a church in Accrington to pay their last respects to Councillor Edith Dunston.
Councillor Dunston died in the Royal Blackburn Hospital last week after suffering a stroke, her second this year.
Her first stroke, in April, had prevented her taking up the role of Mayor of Hyndburn, for which she had been nominated.
Her funeral service, held at St James' Church last Friday, drew crowds of local Labour stalwarts as well as representatives of other organisations she had been involved in.
Also there was Councillor Mohammed Rahman, who has now been confirmed as Mayor after taking on the role in an acting capacity in May.
Local showbiz personality Ted Robbins spoke of his memories of Edith, and told the congregation the 82-year-old was "always young" as well as recalling: "She had a kind word for everyone."
Mrs Dunston's son Christopher read from St John's Gospel and the congregation sang the hymns The Lord's My Shepherd and Abide With Me.
The service was conducted by the Rev Henry Dickinson and included the song You Raise Me Up, which he said Mrs Dunston had chosen herself.
The service was followed by burial at Accrington Cemetery.
Mrs Dunston leaves her son Christopher, daughter-in-law Humera, grandson David, brother Bob and nieces and nephews. Her husband Christopher died in 1981.