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Family pays tribute to 'warm and kind' great-grandmother and charity supporter, tragically killed in crash

Joan Cawcutt. Picture: Courtesy of Pauline Long.

Joan Cawcutt. Picture: Courtesy of Pauline Long.

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The family of a great-grandmother who was killed in a car crash have said they want her to be remembered as the "beautiful lady" she was.

The many cards, flowers and messages of support sent to the family of Joan Cawcutt. Picture: Pauline Long.The many cards, flowers and messages of support sent to the family of Joan Cawcutt. Picture: Pauline Long.

Joan Cawcutt, aged 80, was a passenger in the collision on the A143 Bury Road at Wattisfield, near Diss, last month.

She had recently moved to Brockdish with her son Geoff, daughter Pauline Long and her husband, after living in Carlton Colville for 20 years.

She moved to the village to be closer to her other daughter Christine, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs Long said: “She was really looking forward to starting a new life here, joining a new church and helping people. It is truly heartbreaking that she was taken away so tragically. She may have been 80-years-old, but she still had a lot to give.”

Mrs Cawcutt had been a devout Christian all her life and attended London Road Baptist Church in Lowestoft for over 20 years.

Mrs Long said: “She was so full of life and had so many plans for the future. One of her favoured charities was that of supporting The Leprosy Mission, and the church singled her out for special thanks in January 2017 for all the work she had done in raising funds which helped build houses and purchase livestock.

“She also helped people in the local community, visiting those who were no longer well enough to get out and baking cakes for those she felt needed cheering up.

“As a family we are devastated at the cruel and sudden way in which she was taken from us, but the support of London Road Baptist Church and the hundreds of cards, letters and messages we have received has been truly overwhelming. My mum was the warmest, kindest and gentlest soul you could ever meet and that is how we want her to be remembered.”

The crash happened on December 9 at around 3.55pm.

A thanksgiving service for Mrs Cawcutt is being held at London Road Baptist Church at 1pm on Friday, February 2, and anyone who knew her is welcome to attend.

There will be family flowers only, but donations - which will be split equally between The Leprosy Mission and the East Anglian Air Ambulance - can be sent to East of England Co-op Funeral Services in Westwood Avenue, Lowestoft.

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