Friends, family and colleagues have paid tribute to a much-loved Salford deputy head who has died aged 82.
Audrey Judge passed away on Monday, July 6, prompting a raft of messages of love and support from people who knew her.
Salford mayor Paul Dennett has ordered that a flag is flown at half mast above the Civic Centre in her memory.
Audrey spent all of her life in teaching and held a number of important roles before becoming deputy head at St George's RC High School in Walkden, where she would go on to work for 14 years.
Describing his mother, her son, Andrew Judge, said she was a "superb role model", who "loved her job".
"Her wide experience of life, including her own family background and her religious convictions supported a grounded understanding of human nature and the needs of the young people she taught," he said.
"Audrey was an inspirational teacher and mentor. She saw her role quite simply as building the confidence of her pupils and advancing their prospects in life.
"She was dedicated to their interests, encouraging them to do and become the best that they could be."
After her retirement from teaching, Audrey spent four years as a councillor for Walkden South between 1999 and 2003, as well as working as the treasurer for Salford's Labour Party.
A family funeral for Audrey will take place at St Mary's Cemetery on Thursday, July 16, and Mr Dennett has again ordered that a flag should fly at half mast over the Civic Centre during the service.
Paying tribute to his former colleague, he said: "Sorry to hear that former councillor Audrey Judge has passed away.
"Audrey represented Walkden South 1999 to 2003 and was Salford Labour group treasurer.
"The flag outside the Civic Centre has been lowered to half mast in tribute. My sincere condolences to her family and friends."
Worsley and Eccles MP Barbara Keeley added: "I’m very sad to hear the news that former councillor Audrey Judge has died.
"My sincere sympathy to Audrey’s family and friends. Rest in Peace Audrey."
Born on December 16, 1937, Audrey grew up in Swinton and attended Moorside primary school and Leigh Girls’ Grammar School. She spent the early part of her life in secretarial and clerical jobs before retraining as a teacher in 1972.
She would go on to teach biology at Walkden High School and then served as assistant head of middle school at St Patrick’s RC High School in Winton.
Audrey was so keen to advance her understanding that although still teaching full time and bringing up four children, she studied for two 3-year degrees simultaneously. She graduated in 1978 with a BEd in the Education of Socially Handicapped Children with Manchester University and a BA in Social Sciences and Literature from the Open University.
This would lead her to taking on the deputy head role at St George's in 1982. After a long career, she remained vice chair of governors at the school and was instrumental in the fight to keep it open, which would eventually to an end in 2014, a year after she had left.
Audrey leaves behind her husband John, her children Andrew, Sarah, Lisa and Edward and her grandchildren Georgia, Harriet, Lara, Rory, Oscar, George, Morgan and Madison as well as her brother Frank.
A full mass and reception to celebrate her life will be held when the current restrictions are lifted.