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Final farewell to a peoples' champion

PUBLISHED: 16:51 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 25 August 2010

A MEMORIAL service is to be held today in memory of a community figure who died after a short battle with cancer. Mayoress of Bexley, Hilary Betts, 64, is to be remembered in a service held at Christ Church, Bexleyheath Broadway, at 1pm.

A MEMORIAL service is to be held today in memory of a community figure who died after a short battle with cancer.

Mayoress of Bexley, Hilary Betts, 64, is to be remembered in a service held at Christ Church, Bexleyheath Broadway, at 1pm.

Mrs Betts, from Sidcup, passed away in Greenwich and Bexley Hospice on April 20 after being diagnosed with bowel cancer last October.

Having worked for years with young cancer sufferers at Malcolm Sargeant House, in North Cray, the mayoress was also a school governor and volunteer at Crayford Community Centre.

Her husband, Nigel, said she was a hard worker who brought success to the projects she worked on, whilst "people loved her warm, generous personality".

Mrs Betts briefly underwent chemotherapy and major surgery before being taken full-time to Greenwich and Bexley Hospice where Mr Betts said she received outstanding treatment.

Mr Betts said: "We owe something to the hospice. They have been so good, you really cannot fault the work they do.

"It is sometimes only when you have to access these services that you see how vital the work is they do.

"We had unlimited access to Hilary and the hospice staff were very caring.

"When she died, she died with dignity, with comfortable surroundings and in peace."

Mr Betts asked that mourners do not bring flowers to the memorial but instead to donate money to Greenwich and Bexley Hospice.

He added: "I think it will help the hospice help other people and I can't praise them enough."

Mrs Betts leaves behind four adult children, Robert, Shaun, Tim and Kathryn and two grandchildren.

n For more information about memorial arrangements and donations, call 020 8294 6150.

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