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Tributes to West Cumbrian health worker found dead

Tributes have poured in for a popular Seaton health visitor and foster carer who was found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her home.

HUGELY POPULAR: Maxine Armstrong, of Seaton

Maxine Ann Armstrong, 51, was found at her Camerton Road home on Monday morning.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Miss Armstrong was a health visitor at Orchard House Surgery in South William Street, Workington.

She had worked there for the past year. Her role was to cover check-ups on vulnerable children and administer child immunisations.

Before that she worked at James Street Group Practice in Workington.

She also worked as a navy midwife in Gibraltar for five years.

GPs and staff from Orchard House Surgery said in a statement: “She was a passionate, committed and hugely popular member of our local NHS family.

“She was very enthusiastic and her dedication rubbed off on everyone who knew her.

“Her death is a huge blow to us all, both personally and professionally, and our condolences go out to her family, friends and other colleagues.

“Our lives have been made richer by having known her.”

Friends and family confirmed that she had been a foster carer for around eight years, helping young mums and babies in the first few years, before caring for older children.

Jan Jones, one of her best friends, said: “Maxine was such a lovely person, very bubbly and positive. She is irreplaceable.

“She never had a bad word to say about anyone and would always help you if you were in need.

“My heart goes out to her family. I will miss her dearly.”

Miss Armstrong was a volunteer nurse for the West Cumbria Lourdes Group 519, which travels with the Pilgrimage Trust to a holy shrine in Lourdes, France. She had carried out the role since 1992.

The group takes up to 45 people and children, with physical and learning disabilities, to the shrine and they stay at Hosanna House, Bartres.

Miss Armstrong helped to organise and raise money for the group’s trips and was a keen fund-raiser, taking part in Race for Life in 2008.

Shirelle Cooper, leader of the group, said: “We’re all devastated. It is a massive shock.

“Maxine was a great friend and we volunteered together for more than 20 years before I became the leader of the group.

“She really was the life and soul of everything.

“She was the person who would keep in contact with everyone between our trips to Lourdes. She was the glue that kept everything together.”

Miss Armstrong was born in bred in Seaton and was a member of the 1st Seaton Brownies during the 1970s.

She leaves three sisters – Suzanne, Louise and Carolyn.

A requiem mass will be held in Our Lady and St Michael Church, Banklands, Workington, on Thursday, from 10am, followed by cremation at Distington Hall.

There is a request for family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer and Dementia Society via John Sandelands Funeral Directors Ltd, Main Road, Seaton.

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just heard the sad news went our seperate ways but you were always in my thoughts god bless RIP Max XXX

Posted by nick on 19 October 2014 at 18:02

Will be well missed.she help me so much when was going though a bad patch.she was such a lovely woman and would do out for anyone.r.I.p Maxine xx

Posted by sarah gorley on 24 September 2014 at 22:22

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