Fond tributes to volunteer

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Tributes have been paid to a woman fondly remembered for her voluntary work.

Barbara Arthur, who died a week after her 66th birthday, had, despite suffering from asthma, been helping at Erewash Museum until just a few weeks ago.

Miss Arthur, of Stanton Road, left school with no qualifications but decided to enter adult education in 1990 at South-East Derbyshire College.

Within a year, she was offered places at three universities, graduating with a sociology degree from the University of Nottingham in 1994.

She then spent 16 years working there as a finance officer.

After retiring, she became a volunteer at the High Street museum, helping to organise financial paperwork and the cataloguing of donated items.

Collections officer Nicola Wood said: “Barbara was a lovely lady – always so helpful and willing to lend a hand.

“On a professional level, Barbara was tireless in her commitment and support to Erewash Museum both as a member of the Friends and as a volunteer.

“Barbara spent many hours each week volunteering at the museum and became a valued and important member of the team, always willing to help at the drop of a hat even when she was suffering so much from ill health.”

Her funeral is at Bramcote Crematorium today (Thursday) at 3.30pm.