Colleagues have paid tribute to a long-time staff member at a health centre in Corby, who died suddenly a week before Christmas.
Kathy Dowdell, who worked at the Studfall Medical Centre, was 68.
She has been remembered as a dear friend and a hard worker.
She moved to the surgery in Elizabeth Street in 1983 – having previously worked at Kettering General Hospital – where she was a receptionist for Dr Chaliha.
The practice moved to the Studfall Medical Centre seven years later, and she remained as a receptionist until 2002, when she moved to administration team.
In the mean time, the Studfall Partnership was founded at the practice.
Colleagues at Studfall said: “Kathy was a very conscientious member of the team who never took a day off sick and was very much loved by all her friends – her colleagues – and patients.
“All the staff at Studfall are very close and have worked together for many years and we all class ourselves as a family. Kathy was much more than just a colleague, she was a very dear friend and a valued member of the Studfall Partnership team.
“She will be very much missed by her friends and all the patients. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with her family at this very sad time.”