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Jane Heather

janeheatherawv13th September 1928-18th September 2017

Fifield residents have been saddened to hear of the death of Jane Heather, a long term resident of the parish and, until ill health prevented it in the last year or two, much involved in social and fund raising events.

Born in 1928 in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, she married Ken, with both of them employed in banking. Her interests included tennis and ballroom dancing, in which she excelled. In everything that she undertook, second best was not acceptable, including her work, leisure pursuits and voluntary activities.

She came to live in Fifield after Ken’s death, having lived previously in Swinbrook and then Fulbrook, where she ran an 11-bedroom Health & Beauty Clinic. At Skippe Cottage, Fifield, which she quickly brought up to her own standards, and where she kept her house and garden immaculately maintained (not a leaf out of place), did exquisite needlework and was always perfectly dressed and turned out, Jane enjoyed visits from her daughter Susie, son-in-law Roger and granddaughter Rebecca, visiting her many friends, giving parties and enjoying the company of her beloved cats. She also founded a Ladies’ Luncheon Club, which meets once a month to enjoy good food and company, conversation and catching up on local news.

As well as her Ladies Luncheon Club, she oversaw the annual St George’s Day celebrations in Fifield, gathered about herself friends old and new and took part in local activities and fund raising, always being adamant that things must be done properly. Amongst her own tasks were the completion of the daily crossword and Sudoku, “to keep my brain working.” Last December, despite ill health, Jane’s determination ensured she attended the wedding of her granddaughter Rebecca to Christopher, but sadly it was her last outing. It was a grief to her in her last months that she had become too frail to stay in Fifield, but she was grateful for the care and attention she was given at The Old Prebendal House, where she died on 18th September.

Fifield Church, where her family and friends from across the country gathered on 6th October to celebrate her life, was full and the celebration continued afterwards in the Parish Hall, next door to Skippe Cottage, where local friends Rosemary, Amy, Tina and Lynne had prepared the tea.

Jane was very special. Her sense of values was straight and true. It was a privilege to know her and if you had met her, you would never forget her. Fifield will miss her and our thoughts go out to Susie, Roger, Becca and Christopher, in their loss.

Catherine Hitchens

December 2017 – January 2018