Who was the anonymous "friend" who loved her?

St Nicholas, Norton Canon, Herefordshire 
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Very little remains of the old church, except for the 13th century tower which has 5 bells but the stone piscina kept in the vestry indicates an even earlier foundation. The nave, chancel and porch were re-built in 1706 and further restoration took place in 1868-1869.
There must be a sad story behind the inscription on this stone - who was the anonymous "friend" who loved her? 
Visited - August 2014

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