NICOLETTE COTTON, born Cunliffe, who lived in Rupert Place, Henley, died two weeks ago, aged 84.
She was an inspiration to her friends, neighbours and family and an abiding example of that quality of selfless love which is the mark of a saint.
Hers is an example to follow for she combined a loving spirit with humour, a regal, gracious poise, good taste, delicacy and great care for others as well as for her husband and family.
Her work with the bereavement counselling service Cruse in Reading was one of many examples of her capacity to listen and support people in their need.
Nicolette learned the virtue of hospitality as a little girl for she was a naval captain’s daughter and when her father Bob entertained the naval cadets at Dartmouth she was expected to help. Her father’s naval career saw Nicolette and her two sisters move with their parents to South Africa and then to Canada, where she trained as a secretary.