THE Kendal community has been left in shock after the loss of ‘an extraordinary woman’.

Michele Miles died at her Kendal home on Wednesday - only four days after her birthday.

A Kendal Town councillor, Michele was a popular and very well-known figure in her community. She worked tirelessly throughout her career for the public.

A Kendal Town council spokesman: “Michele worked hard with people in her community and believed non one should be left behind.

“She served on the Town Council’s Planning Committee with honesty and insight and shall be very sadly missed.

“The Council’s sympathy and condolences go to Michele’s family.

Cllr Doug Rathbone, Mayor of Kendal, expressed his shock and sorrow at the sudden loss.

He said: “What a shock it was to all of us who knew her that such a lovely lady as Michele could be taken from us so suddenly and so early.

“We’ll miss who she was as a friend and what she did for the community.

“Everyone’s remembering her trick or treats, her work to help with food poverty and the time she gave to help all in a community she truly loved; that, and her sense of fun.”

Fellow councillor and friend Adam Edwards described her as having ‘the biggest heart you could ever want from a person’.

He said: “We’re all in a state of shock at the moment. We were only speaking to her right before it happened.

“She was such a wonderful person. The best person in fact. She spent so much of her time helping the elderly and so many children during Christmas. She delivered presents and food parcels for them. She was so extraordinary.

“Her focus was the community which saw her work a lot with the salvation army and kids’ clubs. You could not have asked for a better person or councillor.

“Michele had so many friends in the area, and everyone knew her name.

“Right now, it’s her family who need all the support we can give them, especially considering all the wonderful things she gave to us.

“At the moment we have to keep going for Michele’s sake.”