About 190 people gathered at Leven Parish Church for a service to remember 82-year-old grandmother Mary Logie, also known as Rae, who was found dead in her flat in January.
Reverend Gilbert Nisbet led tributes to widow Mrs Logie, describing her as a “friendly, outgoing and kind lady”. But he said the town was still struggling with what had happened.
He said: “Rae had a kind heart and she was always willing to go the extra mile to be helpful.
“She cared for those she assisted and continued to visit them after she retired.
“Rae was able to look back with quiet pride and genuine satisfaction on all that she did through her working life.”
Born and brought up in Methil, she worked in a local chemist after leaving school and before meeting her husband Walter.
She was married for 33 years and the couple had two sons and a daughter. Mrs Logie later worked as a part-time cleaner at a local photography business and as a home help, and was involved with the Church of Scotland Guild.
She was found battered to death in the living room of her first-floor flat in Green Gates, Leven, on 5 January. She had recently spent Christmas with one of her sons in England and was said to have led an active life, with lots of friends.
Rev Nisbet told the funeral: “We gather today, a community shocked by the event which caused the death of Rae Logie, struggling to comprehend all that has happened here among us.
“Our service this morning is overshadowed by the terrible action which caused Rae’s death, but we must not let this predominate our gathering, nor allow it to fester into bitterness in our hearts.”
He said Mrs Logie met her husband through a mutual friend at a party, marrying “after a short courtship” before a long “close, strong, supportive and loving marriage”.
Rev Nisbet added: “They were always together, except when Wattie went fishing –Rae drew the line at joining him in that – and she missed him terribly after his death.
“However, she managed, showing that stubborn determined streak which was one of her characteristics.
“She even leant to drive, although she did have several attempts before passing her test.”
Sandra Gaughan or Weir, from Leven, has been charged with Mrs Logie’s murder.