Ex-teacher was ‘much loved’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

Janet Mary


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