TRIBUTES have been paid to Steyning stalwart Marlene Carman, who died just before Christmas.
Ms Carman served on Steyning Parish Council for nearly 26 years, having first been elected in 1987.
In the early years, she was chairman and vice chairman of the council and served on all its main committees.
David Barling, who was chairman of the parish council when Marlene retired in March 2013, said: “I had the privilege of serving on Steyning Parish Council with Marlene for many years.
“She was always helpful and a real supporter of the town, and did so much hard work, not only on the parish council but also in local groups such as Steyning in Bloom and The Conservation Volunteers.
“Marlene was a stalwart of Steyning and will be sadly missed.”
Ms Carman was also involved in community groups in the town and was known as a tower of strength, always showing great enthusiasm and support.
A countryside specialist, Ms Carman helped out with jobs like gardening public areas in the town and was at one time chairman of Steyning in Bloom, as well as a director of Steyning and District Community Partnership.
Sue Rogers, parish and district councillor, said Marlene was a very generous member of the community.
“She gave her time and skills in many aspects of community life over many years.
“Marlene made a substantial contribution to the work of the parish council and her love and knowledge of the countryside was focused into projects that will remain a lasting legacy to her.
“Many people will miss Marlene but she will be warmly remembered.”
The funeral will be held at Worthing Crematorium on Tuesday, January 6, at 2.40pm. Family flowers only but donations if desired to Steyning Museum.