East Leeds: Tributes to ‘one of a kind’ Louise, 92

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A popular and prolific charity worker from Harehills has died at the age of 92.

Over 400 people attended the funeral at St Aidan’s Church in Harehills of Louise Reid, who died after a short battle with brain cancer.

Louise, the eldest of 13 daughters, visited Britain from Jamaica in 1955 and then brought over her five children.

She worked as a machinist for Burton’s the tailors before making her mark with her charity work, including serving meals on wheels, looking after domestic abuse victims and fostering children.

She was also an enthusiastic dressmaker and organised fashion shows to raise money for charity.

Her granddaughter Teresa Williams said: “The funeral was as glamorous as she was in life with a horse and carriage and six cars full of family members. My Grandma was fabulous - her motto was ‘living is for giving’ and that’s what she did.”

Rev Graeme Dodds, of Harehills Lane Baptist Church, where Louise was an active member, added: “She was one of a kind. I don’t think there’s ever going to be another Louise.”

He said the turnout for her funeral was testament to her “phenomenal” character.

“It was in St Aidan’s which is a big church and every seat was filled.