Former Mayoress and magistrate dies at 80

Kathleen Jones,  Lady Mayoress'1983/1984
Kathleen Jones, Lady Mayoress'1983/1984

A FORMER Lady Mayoress of Sheffield who was a city magistrate for more than three decades has died aged 80.

Kathleen Jones worked as a teacher and a school medical officer, as well as becoming of Lady Mayoress when her husband Peter, a prominent Labour councillor, was Lord Mayor from 1983 to 1984.

She was appointed a magistrate in 1966.

Her daughter, Ruth Marlow, said: “She was committed to her medicine, community and to justice. I thought she was an inspirational mother and woman. A lot of people will remember her. She was a gifted, talented and driven woman.”

Kathleen was born in Halifax and read medicine at Cambridge. She met Peter while training at King’s College Hospital, London. They married in 1956, and came to Sheffield a year later.

Peter, who died in 1990 aged 60, worked as a GP at Manor Top and Birley Moor Health Centre, and was a Labour councillor for Norfolk Park for more than 25 years.

He was chairman of the city’s housing committee.

Kathleen taught biology at Abbeydale Grange Girls’ School, then spent 16 years as a medical officer for schools in the city.

She leaves five children, Rachel, Stephen, Ruth and twins Simon and Richard, and ten grandchildren.

A mass celebrating her life will be held next Thursday (April 19) at 11am at Holy Family Catholic Church, Brantham, Suffolk, where she moved to be nearer her family after her retirement in 2000.