Reverend Jane Holmes who was a minister at St Nicholas Church at Gayton.

Tributes have poured in for a West Norfolk parish priest who was an “integral part of the community”.

Reverend Jane Holmes, a minister at St Nicholas Church at Gayton, died earlier this month aged 63 after she was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer last August.

An online memorial page said Rev Holmes “never conducted a wedding without sharing in the joy of the bride and groom, she never led a funeral without feeling the sadness of the bereaved”.

It said she was at her happiest with children, loved baptisms, messy church and her work in schools adding “Jane will always hold a very special place in our hearts and we all hold happy memories of her”.

Rev Holmes had once described herself as a rural girl having grown up on a North Lincolnshire farm.

She was ordained in 2007 and went to Gayton in January 2011. She said she found her work there as a privilege.

Since her death at The Rectory in Gayton on February 8, many have shared their special memories of Rev Holmes.

Joanne Edwards, teacher at Gayton Primary Academy, where Rev Holmes was also a governor, said: “She was a wonderful, warm lady who always went above and beyond for all.” 

A resident wrote: “Three years ago Rev Jane christened my grandson Archie and the service was delightful, bright and full of love.”

Former West Norfolk Council deputy leader Alistair Beales said: “Jane had become such an integral part of this community that it is hard to imagine a church service without her.”

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