The funeral of Motherwell North councillor Annita McAuley took place at Motherwell Cathedral yesterday (Tuesday).
Councillor McAuley, who was elected to North Lanarkshire Council in 2003, died at the age of 69 last week following a long illness.
Council leader Councillor Jim McCabe said: “I am very saddened by Annita’s death, she was an extremely valued colleague and friend.
“The one thing that stands out for me was Annita’s absolute honesty and integrity. She made a huge contribution to the council and stood up for the people of Motherwell at all times.
“I will miss her very much and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”
SNP group leader Councillor David Stocks added: “I enjoyed working with Annita.
“We may have been in opposing parties but she was extremely easy to get on with.
“Like my colleagues I am shocked by her passing and, on behalf of the group, would like to extend my condolences to her family and friends.”
Motherwell and Wishaw MP Frank Roy paid tribute.
He said: “I am deeply saddened to hear Annita has passed away.
“She was a good friend and colleague. She cared passionately for her constituents and was a tireless fighter for those who most needed help.
“She will be sadly missed and my thoughts are for her family at their sad loss”.
Away from politics Annita had a long career as a lecturer and served on the board of Motherwell College.
Acting principal David Fairweather said: “We are saddened by the news and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”