Tribute was penned by her husband, John, to friends at their golf club, a place central to Jan’s life. John wrote this letter to the club on the day she died.
‘On Friday morning 29th March 2013, Jan and I played the 15 holes that were open at Bedford and County Golf Club. Being one of the fittest people of her age Jan carried her clubs as usual. We had a lovely game and Jan scored 20 points on the front 9.
And she chipped in for a par on the 17th, her bogey hole!
On Friday evening, Jan complained of feeling a bit unwell. On Saturday she was rather worse but we thought it was just a bug. She went to bed early on Saturday night and when she got up on Sunday morning she collapsed into my arms. I rang 999.
She was taken to South Wing at our local hospital where she was diagnosed with an unspecified but overwhelming bacterial infection, which I later discovered had caused a condition called sepsis which had resulted in her organs beginning to fail. Despite a brave, but hopeless, fight, supported superbly by the medical staff in the Critical Care Unit at South Wing, she died at 1.30 am on the morning of Tuesday 2nd April. All our wonderful family were with her when she died. We are completely devastated at this moment. Because of the suddenness of the death there will be a post mortem so I do not know when the funeral is going to be.
I like to think that Jan was one of the people in the Club who managed to bridge the great gender divide. I will let you all know when the funeral is to be but I hope each and everyone of you, women and men, can find the time to attend that funeral.
I loved her with all my heart and all my soul. I want to give a great Bedford and County send off to the woman who I was privileged to love and to be loved by.
Janet Faith Carol GARNHAM 19.04.1945 to 02.04.2013’
“Quanta conscientiae signum societatis”
2 April 2013