Ex-teacher was ‘much loved’
TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular teacher who died suddenly last month.
Janet Mary Kempson, from Chartridge, died at the age of 77 on March 22.
Mrs Kempson suffered with Parkinson’s for many years and had a massive seizure three-and-a-half years ago.
Her husband Reverend John Kempson cared for her at their home for the past three-and-a-half years and said she died quite suddenly.
Mrs Kempson, whose maiden name was Gayler, was born in Essex and moved to Chesham in 1939 and attended Chesham Prep School and Dr Challoner’s High School.
She later went on to teach at Chesham Prep School, at a school in Diss, Norfolk, the former Greenway School in what is now School Close, Chesham, and when that closed she taught at the Bucks Traveller Education Service, later becoming head teacher.
Her husband Rev Kempson said: “Janet would go to traveller sites around the county. The traveller folk loved her and she was very popular with the children. Janet loved the job and she loved the people she worked with.”
Mrs Kempson took early retirement in 2002 due to her health starting to deteriorate with Parkinson’s.
Mrs Kempson was a devout Christian and regularly attended Broadway Baptist Church, in The Broadway, Chesham.
Rev Kempson, who used to attend Chesham Bois CofE Church with his mother before attending Broadway Baptist Church, said: “There in the choir was the most wonderful young lady with the most beautiful smile and a lovely clear, gentle voice - and it was Janet. I looked up at Janet and thought, I don’t know anything about you, but I’m going to marry you if possible.
“When we were leaving Janet introduced herself to me. She’d obviously seen this stranger in the church, and invited me to go to the Young People’s Group.
“I asked her to go out with me, she said yes and the rest is history.”
The couple got married at Broadway Baptist Church on August 19 1961 and they were married for 54 years and have three daughters and four grandchildren.
The family has received a lot of kind wishes from people who knew Mrs Kempson.
Rev Kempson added: “We feel very privileged. We absolutely have no doubt that Janet is in heaven.
“I don’t imagine Janet as dead and the Bible says the moment you die you go to be with the Lord and we believe she’s very alive and well in heaven.”
Mrs Kempson’s funeral will take place today (Thursday) at 2pm at Broadway Baptist Church.
Instead of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the Mission Aviation Fellowship.