Published: 10:30, 19 November 2020
| Updated: 14:37, 19 November 2020
Tributes have been paid to a council and shop worker from Gravesend described as "one of the nicest people you could ever meet" after she died from brain cancer.
Mum-of-two Lizzie Barnes passed away yesterday following a short battle with the illness. She was aged just 27.
Staff and councillors at Stone Parish Council paid tribute to their friend and colleague who worked in a facilities support role at the Pavilion.
In a statement posted online they described her as "a beautiful person both inside and out".
It read: "The staff and councillors at Stone Parish Council are devastated to hear about the tragic passing of our dear friend and colleague, Lizzie Barnes, following a short battle with cancer.
"Lizzie had worked at Stone Pavilion since 2017 and is described by her teammates as 'a beautiful person both inside and out' and 'one of the nicest people you could ever meet'.
"For her to have been taken from her partner, Gordon, and daughters, Grace and Sophia, at such a young age is beyond comprehension.
"Lizzie will be truly missed by everyone at the council. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Lizzie's family and friends, as well as her colleagues at the Co-op on London Road, where she also worked.
"A silence will be held for Lizzie at this evening's full council meeting. May she Rest in Peace."
Yesterday, the Greenhithe Co-op store in London Road, where Lizzie also worked, is believed to have closed for the day in a mark of respect.
Her death was announced by family members on fundraising pages which had been set up to raise costs for alternative medical treatment and expenses.
It read: "On behalf of Gordon and all the family. I am sorry to have to share with you all that Lizzie passed away today Wednesday November 18.
"Thank you to everyone for all your support and your donations."
"Lizzie will be truly missed by everyone..."
According to the page Lizzie had recently been diagnosed with a rare form of brain and spine tumour.
She had started 36 weeks of intensive chemo and radiotherapy at Guys and St Thomas’s hospital in London.
A cycle ride "100 miles for Lizzie" starting from her home in Gravesend had also been planned with some family and friends to help raise funds.
It is now understood the money will be put towards supporting her partner and their two young daughters.