Tributes have been paid to long-serving North Kesteven District Councillor Barbara Wells MBE, who has passed away at the age of 83.
Having been elected to the authority in 1991, she represented the Eagle, Swinderby and Witham St Hughs ward, and was Chairman of the Council for the new millennium, holding the position from 1999-2000.
This was a role she performed again from 2006-2007.
Clerk to North Scarle Parish Council from 1968, Councillor Wells was also a Youth Leader and involved in many aspects of church life locally and across Lincolnshire.
It was her dedication to serving others that was recognised by the Queen when she was given an MBE in 1997 for her services to education and the community.
NK Independent Councillor Wells also served Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, formerly Robert Pattinson School, for 40 years, as governor, holding the positions of Vice Chair and Chairman during this time.
Councillor Richard Wright, Leader of the Council said: “I had enormous respect for Barbara, who was a long standing member of NKDC, in that she always held the community she served at the heart of everything she did.
“Whilst remaining an independent, she was always pragmatic enough to base her decision making on what was best for her residents and the District in general.
“She will be sadly missed.”