Truro’s only female Honorary Citizen died on New Year’s Eve aged 97.
Clarice Mortensen-Fowler was a familiar face around the city – often leading parades dressed head-to-toe in Cornish tartan.
Mrs Mortensen-Fowler also raised an estimated £100,000 for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children as well as money for charities such as the RNLI and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
A “feisty and determined lady”, Mrs Mortensen-Fowler was still climbing the rigging of tall ships into her eighties to raise funds.
She died on New Year’s Eve at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust following a fall down some stairs at home in the early hours of December 30.
Karen Fowler, her youngest daughter, said: “She was very strong-willed, a very feisty and determined lady.
“If she decided she was going to do something she would do it no matter what stood in her way.”
Mrs Mortensen-Fowler often led Truro carnival and appeared at events such as the St Piran’s Day parade in an immaculate suit of Cornish tartan.
In recognition of her contribution to the city she was named an Honorary Citizen of Truro in 2007.
“She was absolutely thrilled,” said her daughter.
Mrs Mortensen-Fowler had an enduring love of the sea, inherited from her father, Captain Peter Mortensen, who sailed what is thought to be the last trading ship to operate out of Truro.
Bert Biscoe, Truro City Council and Cornwall Council member, paid tribute to a woman who “embodied the spirit of Truro”.
He said: “She was a very strong believer in communities – a very intelligent woman who did her best to make things as good as they could be.
“She was a Truro girl – feisty, funny and tough.”
A memorial service is being planned for Mrs Mortensen-Fowler at Truro Cathedral on a date yet to be decided.