Much-loved Chesterfield court usher’s death inspires diabetes’ appeal

The friends and colleagues of a much-loved and popular Chesterfield magistrates’ court usher are organising a fundraising evening in her honour after she was struck down by difficulties caused by diabetes.

Jane Yeomans, 64, of Brampton, Chesterfield, had worked at the court for about 35 years. She passed away at home just weeks before she was due to retire.

Long-serving Chesterfield magistrates' court usher Jane Yeomans, who has sadly passed away, is pictured right with her cousin Judith Mazza.

Long-serving Chesterfield magistrates' court usher Jane Yeomans, who has sadly passed away, is pictured right with her cousin Judith Mazza.

Her sister Sarah Jones said: “We all miss Jane dreadfully. It means so much to have seen so many attending her funeral and it’s wonderful to learn her friends and colleagues are organising a charity evening in her honour.”

Jane was found collapsed at home by colleagues who had become concerned when she failed to turn up for work. She was pronounced deceased on September 23.

A Chesterfield magistrates’ court spokesman said: “Jane always had a smile. She was so well thought of by colleagues, solicitors and everyone that she will be very much missed.”

Jane leaves a daughter Nicola, who lives in North Wales, and was described by family as a wonderful grandmother who loved visiting Nicola’s three children Etain, May and Louis.

Sarah added: “Jane’s daughter and grandchildren meant so much to her and she had really been looking forward to spending more time with them.”

The fundraising evening for Diabetes UK is due to be held at the Hollingwood Hotel, Chesterfield, on January 24, with a buffet and entertainment. Tickets will soon be available.

Sarah added: “I miss Jane dreadfully. We texted every day and had long chats at weekends and some great weeks in London going to the theatre which was one of Jane’s loves.

“Her death has left a big hole in my life. I can’t stress enough what a dreadful impact type 1 diabetes had on Jane’s life causing many hospital admissions and affecting her in so many ways.”

Jane attended St Helena’s in Chesterfield but later went to the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth.

She also attended college in Buxton learning to be a hotel receptionist and she worked in many places.

Jane showed a great spirit for adventure when she took off to the Greek Islands in her 20s for nine months with a friend and travelled around working.

She lived in Manchester for some years but moved back to Chesterfield again when her daughter Nicola was born.

Sarah added: “Jane was very bright and could finish a cryptic Daily Telegraph or Times crossword with alacrity. We were rivals but she was always better than me. She also read books and loved poetry.

“She had a great sense of humour and made me laugh more than anyone else I know.”

Jane’s life can be seen in a slideshow of pictures kindly submitted by her family for this tribute story.