Former mayor loses her fight against cancer

Carol Williams. Picture: Tony Saxton T1310TS
Carol Williams. Picture: Tony Saxton T1310TS

A FORMER mayor of Thorne has lost her battle with liver cancer after a year-long fight.

Carol Williams represented Thorne ward on Doncaster Council for the last 12 years and was also a key figure in the area as a member of Thorne-Moorends Town Council.

She died at home surrounded by her family, including husband Coun Martin Williams.

In March it was announced she would not be standing for re-election on Doncaster Council because of her illness.

Mrs Williams, aged 58, had received treatment at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, to combat her illness.

Coun Williams, leader of the Community Group, said: “She battled cancer for a year. She was elected in 1999. She was a councillor for 12 years and she was very popular in Thorne. She was a popular girl.”

Coun Williams thanked all the medical staff who had helped his wife.

He added: “You don’t realise what support is there until you actually receive it and they have been absolutely magnificent.

“She was a grand lass, she was a fantastic woman and she spoke her mind but she was nice with it. She loved being a councillor and she loved helping people. I think she was a person of the people, for the people and elected by the people.

“She has helped a lot of people. She put her heart and soul into the job.”

“I can sympathise with anyone who is going through the same sort of thing.”

Coun Williams said since leaving hospital in March, his wife had been cared for at home.

Mrs Williams, who died last Friday, lived in Thorne for more than 20 years and also became a Thorne-Moorends Town Councillor in 2003. She was also mayor of Thorne between 2007 to 2009.

Mrs William’s funeral service will be at St Nicholas Church in off Stonegate, Thorne, at 12.40pm on Tuesday.