School and church pay tribute to Lynda Slim

Lynda Slim was the receptionist at Rugby High School for 23 years.
Lynda Slim was the receptionist at Rugby High School for 23 years.

Tributes have been pouring in for Rugby’s Lynda Slim, who dedicated her life to showing others “what love is all about”.

Rugby High School’s headteacher, Charlotte Marten, said: “For 23 years, Lynda Slim, who sadly died of cancer on June 16 aged 65, was the face and the voice of Rugby High School.

“Unflappable, polite, elegant and with a genuine interest in and concern for others, she was the school’s receptionist. Mrs Slim welcomed everyone to the school and made the most nervous of prospective students and staff feel instantly at home.

“She took time and trouble to get to know students. Students who had been recently bereaved or who were experiencing difficulties in or out of school always knew that Mrs Slim was there to offer a word of encouragement or advice.

“When students heard that Lynda was unwell, they organised an affectionate tribute to honour Lynda, who was always the height of elegance.

“Donning our very best princess outfits for a day raised nearly £1,000 for cancer charities.”

Lynda was also an active member of Rugby Methodist Church for many years.

The Rev Jane Gaffney said: “Lynda was a beautiful lady, who had a big heart and the ability to make you feel loved, and welcome. Whether you were young or old, Lynda cared; going out of her way to help others. Lynda gave many hours of her time as a pastoral visitor, and also collecting for Christian Aid.

“Whether it was a listening ear that was needed, a word of encouragement or doing the shopping for someone, Lynda was there. Lynda is missed greatly by the people at Rugby Methodist Church Centre.

“The love which she gave, reflected the faith she held, and her life was an inspiring example of what love is all about. Our love and prayers are with her family.”

And Charlotte Marten added: “Lynda will be very much missed by all of us whose lives she touched, and especially by her family, to whom we send our heartfelt condolences.

“She was a good woman whose care for others really shone in her actions.”

Lynda’s colleagues at Rugby High School will be holding a coffee morning on Friday to raise funds for Cancer Research in her memory.