Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Councillor Dorothy Flude.
"Dorothy had served on Cheshire East Council since its creation, as elected member for Crewe South. Dorothy had a distinguished political career, serving as Mayor of Cheshire East for the civic year 2013/14 and was a former county councillor. Dorothy was leader of the Labour Group on Cheshire East Council when I joined the council in 2011 and was the Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families when she died.
"She was an active councillor serving on a number of council committees, as a representative on outside bodies, including Cheshire Fire Authority, and was also the council's mental health champion.
"Dorothy will be sadly missed in our organisation and in the wider community.
"An amazing thing about Dorothy was the number of people who knew her, liked her and could talk to her. She was a fount of knowledge, particularly around her passion for supporting children and families. Dorothy was widely respected and loved across all political parties and by council officers.
"I am proud to have worked with Dorothy and I will miss her, as my friend, mentor and colleague."
Webteam note: Dorothy Flude was a great supporter of small rural schools and also of schools in deprived areas. As Mayor of Cheshire East, she visited Chelford School. Those from our village who worked with her valued her constant support and deep knowledge of education in East Cheshire.