Ten days after her last visit, friends and neighbors gathered to remember Pat Holland.
The 83-year-old was last seen near her home in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, on Saturday, July 24.
People gathered at St. Mary Magdalene Church on Tuesday August 3 spoke of their “feeling of bewilderment” as they paid tribute to their friend by saying that she was “A person from the community” who had “touched so many”.
Several people were in tears and comforting each other as mourners were invited to light a candle and write messages on a tree in memory for Ms Holland who two weeks ago joined them for lunch.
The prayers were led by Anna Heydon, a church volunteer.
She said Ms Holland’s death was devastating for the whole community and hard for people to accept.
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The memorial event was held in response to people saying they need to come together and share their grief.
Among the participants were the neighbors of Lowestoft Road, Keith and Glenys Bright.
Ms Bright said Ms Holland was well known in several places in Gorleston by many people, many of whom also knew Linda Hood.
“People have so many memories but we don’t know each other,” she said.
“She was a member of the community. That’s why she touched so many.
“As neighbors, we saw her frequently. She was never a spectator, she was a participant.
“If this day was for someone else, she would have been the first here to write a message and light a candle.”
Mr Bright said the church was a safe place to let emotions flow.
During the informal service, thanks were returned for Mrs. Holland’s “friendship and love” and help was sought with feelings of sadness and pain.
Another woman said it was a privilege to have known Ms Holland, adding: “She was a remarkable woman whose soul will live on.”
Meanwhile, there remains a strong police presence at his home, with police forensic teams working there daily amid the floral tributes left by the wall.
A mobile “welfare unit” has been set up in the street, serving as a base for officers. Neighbors say there is talk of a memorial garden for Mrs Holland on a piece of land in front of her house.