Tributes have been paid to one of Preston’s most influential women who has died aged 74.
Rosemary Jolly, from Freckleton, held various roles for the Harris Charity, for the health service, for the national Art Fund, as a tax commissioner, and she also helped at Samlesbury Hall and with the Preston mayor’s charities.
She was also well-known in the community through her late husband, Judge Anthony Jolly, recorder of Preston, also famous locally for his interest in sailing.
Mrs Jolly was also a church warden for St John’s Minster in Preston, and developed a strong friendship with Father Timothy Lipscomb, vicar of Preston.
Father Lipscomb said: “Even though she lived in Freckleton, she was always in Preston, every day of the week.
“She did an immeasurable amount for Preston and Lancashire, and is irreplaceable.
“She was a highly academic woman, but made everybody else feel clever. It was one of her great gifts.
“She also did so much hardwork, but gave everyone else the praise.”
Mrs Jolly’s dedication was recognised in 2011, when she was awarded an MBE for services to the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
She hit the headlines in 1999, as one of three non-executive directors of the Guild Community Healthcare NHS Trust in Preston who were sacked after whistleblowing.
Their work and their actions were praised by an independent panel investigating the shortcomings of the trust, and the sackings were widely criticised.
Mrs Jolly died on Sunday after a short illness. She leaves children Matthew, Patrick and Charlotte and five grandchildren.
Up to 500 people are expected to attend her funeral at St John’s Minster at 2pm on Friday, November 1.
Father Lipscomb added: “It happens to be All Saint’s Day that day, which seems quite fitting for this lady.”