TRIBUTES have been paid to a former borough councillor who died following a long illness.
Tamara Hill, 49, died on Boxing Day after an 11-year fight against breast cancer.
She leaves her mum Inge, younger sister Cherie who was also a borough councillor, another sister Collette and brother Marlon.
Miss Hill, who never married or had children, had lived in Ellesmere Port for 14 years.
She represented Sutton ward on the borough council since 2002 and lost her seat at the May 2006 local election.
In 2005 she tried unsuccessfully to take the county council division of Ledsham & Willaston.
She was a senior lecturer in nursing at John Moores University in Liverpool and had worked in the NHS for more than 25 years, including as a psychiatrist. She also conducted seminars for doctors.
Mum Inge said: “She was the most wonderful person you could meet. I’m so proud to have been her mum.
“She was the kindest person and boss. She treated everyone the same.
“We want to thank everyone who has passed on their condolences to us.
“There are lots of people we’ve not been able to contact because of the holidays, like those at the university.”
And Cherie Hill said: “I was four years younger than Tamara but we were like twins. I could not have wished for a more perfect sister.”
Miss Hill’s funeral will be at 2pm today (Wednesday) at Overpool Cemetery Chapel. Donations in her name can be made to breast cancer charities.