David Livesey, who worked alongside Val at Caritas, said: “Val did so much to help establish and sustain Caritas East Anglia but this was just one of the many ways in which she helped both organisations and individuals to realise their potential as living stones of the Church.
“Gifted with insights and perceptions, she shared her views with good humour and modesty recognising that the successful fruits of her wisdom would have many parents.”
Bishop Alan Hopes said: “When I visited Val in hospital she was very much at peace with herself and in the Lord. May she now rest in peace.”
Val’s family said she was a much loved Mother and Grandmother. Mum to Matthew and Grandma to Emily and Henry.
Val was born in Woodford Green, later moving to Hemsby, Gorleston and lastly to Roydon.
Her funeral will take place at St Henry Morse Church, Shelfanger Road, Diss, IP22 4DX at 11.30am on January 2. This will be followed by an opportunity to gather in the community room at the church for some refreshments. There will then be a short service at the Beccles Crematorium.