The funeral service for Betty Ann Tribe, widow of former headteacher Donald, who had been at the heart of many community groups in Budock, is to be held next Thursday, September 1.

The service is to take place St Budock Church at noon and will be followed immediately by refreshments and a chance to meet her family at The Sanctuary restaurant in the centre of the village.

Widow of Donald, former headteacher of Falmouth Grammar School and Falmouth School, she died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske on August 13 after a short illness. She was aged 91 and her two sons, Michael and Stephen, were with her.

Mrs Tribe had been born in South East London in 1925 to an English father and Swedish mother. At the end of the war she trained as an architect at Regent Street Polytechnic, London and met her future husband while they were both was studying in London. They married in 1947 in Winchelsea, Sussex.

Mrs Tribe's first job in the late 1940s early 1950s was to work for industrial designer Robin Day, designer of the stacking chair. She worked on designs for the Royal Festival Hall ready for the Festival of Britain in 1951.

After having two sons the family moved to Cornwall in 1959, settling in Falmouth in 1964 when Donald was appointed head of Falmouth Grammar School. Mrs Tribe practised architecture in Cornwall throughout the 1960s and 70s.

Away from work, she spent much of life in the Girl Guide movement and was Cornwall County Secretary for 25 years. She ran the guide company in Callington, the Ranger unit at Budock where former rangers included MP Sarah Newton, and did a lot of work improving facilities at the county camp site at Condurrow, near Truro.

She was on the PCC of St Budock Parish Church for several years and edited, typed and printed the parish magazine for a long time; organised coffee mornings and other events to raise funds for the church; and was instrumental in the planning and re-ordering of the chancel and sanctuary of the church which was carried out in 2010.

She was also a long time member of Budock WI, chair of playgroup committee at St Mary's Church in Falmouth; a member of the West Country Embroiderers, being a talented dressmaker, upholsterer and embroiderer.

On top of all this she was very supportive of husband throughout his career, both at his schools and in the community. She moved to Budock Water to live after Donald died in 1999 and continued to lead an active life involved with numerous organisations until the last few years when ill health prevented her from leaving her home much.

Mrs Tribe spent the last few years leading a quiet life being looked after by her sons Michael, who lived locally, and Stephen who moved from London to become her carer.