Tributes have been paid to a Suffolk woman who was an ambassador for girl guiding and received an MBE for her services to the movement.

Jill Smith, who has died aged 83, was also known for her tireless community work in the Great Glemham and Framlingham areas, raising money for charities and becoming joint secretary of the Ladies Club at Great Glemham.

Her involvement with girl guiding started when she was a brownie in 1946 and continued for another 76 years, which included leading guide troops in different parts of the country, such as Ilkley in West Yorkshire and Killearn in Scotland.

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In 1985, she moved to Great Glemham and joined the local brownie group in Framlingham, becoming leader of that group and then later leader of the local guides.

To this day, she remains the honorary vice-president of GirlGuiding Suffolk, a recognition of her long-standing commitment to the movement and she was also involved with the Trefoil Guild, an organisation that provides practical, moral and financial support to guiding and scouting.

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Outside of the guides, she was also a teaching assistant at Earl Soham Primary School and subsequently Robert Hitcham Primary School in Framlingham.

East Anglian Daily Times: Jill Smith receiving her MBE at Buckingham PalaceJill Smith receiving her MBE at Buckingham Palace (Image: Pip Alder)Her charity work saw her play a pivotal role in the development of the Six Charities Fete in Great Glemham, which raised more than £25,000 to support a range of charities.

Her daughter Pip Alder said: "Jill was widely respected and liked throughout the communities of Great Glemham and Framlingham.

"Her hard work and determination to bring the community together to benefit people who needed help, inspired others."

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She was awarded the MBE in the 2016 New Year's Honours List and received the honour from the then Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in June 2017.

Pip added: "Jill was a loving and caring wife, sister, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and aunt.

"She was famous for her love of family, strong Catholicism and hospitality. She adored her 13 grandchildren who in turn adored her."

Her funeral will take place at St Michael's Church in Framlingham on Friday, October 13 at 2pm, followed by a wake at The Crown in Framlingham.