Tributes paid to tragic Dungannon mother-of-four Hilda Kyle

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Tributes have been paid to a Dungannon woman whose body was discovered in Black Lough by rescue workers on Tuesday morning.

It is understood that 68-year-old mother-of-four Hilda Kyle took a taxi to the beauty spot, which is popular with walkers and anglers, just after 3pm on Monday.

Shocked friends and neighbours described her as “a very jolly lady”, but also admitted that she had been struggling with depression.

It is believed that Mrs Kyle had been diagnosed with cancer in the past and had been in remission until recently.

Ulster Unionist councillor for the area Walter Cuddy described the widow as a “wonderful, friendly woman with a great personality” who frequently visited his shop in Dungannon.

“She would have been in my shop early in the morning, and was very open about her recent diagnosis of diabetes, which she found very hard to deal with, coming on top of her fears about cancer,” he said.

“She was very tuned in emotionally, and would have talked a lot about her children, whose achievements she was very proud of.

“We all knew she had mental health problems, she made no secret about them, but it was her physical health issues that seemed to have really got her down recently.

“She told a lot of people that she was finding it very difficult to cope, and we advised her to seek help. We all believed that she was managing to deal with her problems.

“Everyone is very saddened by what has happened.”