A much-loved church-goer from Newthorpe died suddenly and locals have called her death a ‘tragedy’.
Doreen Lockett collapsed whilst out shopping in Eastwood, and died a few minutes after arriving at hospital.
The 74-year-old was a member of St Mary’s Church in Greasley and fellow church-goer David Page described her as a ‘very special lady’.
“It’s a tragedy,” he said.
“She was a very special lady and such a lively character. She always came across like everyone’s favourite aunt.
“She was so lovely and so helpful. Her friendliness, life and passion for people, local history and the church far transcended the norm.”
At her funeral, more than 300 people packed the church, with many standing due to the big crowd.
Mr Page, of Nottingham Road, Eastwood, said: “The organist later remarked to me that he had never known such a big turnout. It was crowded. There must have been nigh on 300 of us crammed in.
“Doreen’s own spirit of friendliness was manifested in this huge congregation. I have been to too many funerals, but never to one quite like this. It was a service and congregation fit for a queen. She had clearly touched so many lives.”
Doreen’s sister Barbara Edwards said Doreen was ‘very caring’.
“She was a very caring person. She put others before herself. She did a lot for the community and was very active with two local churches – Greasley and Newthorpe Baptist Church,” she said.
“She went round churches in the area doing little talks and she was very passionate about history and music. She did a lot of fundraising and was a huge Derby County fan,” added Barbara.
Doreen worked at Barclays in Eastwood for a whopping 30 years, and was chief cashier when she retired.
Her funeral took place on November 15 in Greasley.
Doreen leaves two sisters, Barbara Edwards and Sue Booth, and brother Stephen Lockett.