A VILLAGE will pay its respects on Monday to a community stalwart who died at the age of 81.

Councillor Jean Amos, who had served on Hartley Wintney Parish Council for 22 years, died peacefully on the evening of June 12.

The parish council said all are welcome to attend the funeral at St Mary’s Church, in Church Lane, at 1pm and the following reception at the Victoria Hall complex in West Green Road.

The parish council announced the councillor’s death through a statement posted on its website and on its Facebook page.

It read: “There are not enough adjectives to describe the great enthusiasm this wonderful lady had for our village, her absolute passion for life and her enduring dedication and commitment to the council, first as a clerk and then as a councillor of many years’ service. We will all miss her dreadfully.”

Cllr Amos, of Kiln Gardens, stepped down from her role as deputy chairman of the parish council in May this year.

As well as her time on the parish council, she was involved in the Friends of St Mary’s Church group, and helped organise many fundraising events.

Cllr Amos also gave time to the village’s University of the Third Age group.

In 2010, she received an award to recognise her contribution to village life at the Community Awards.

Afterwards, she said she was left “shaken” by her surprise award, and added that she was proud to serve the village.