Tributes for former council leader

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The funeral of prominent former Amber Valley councillor Janet McKee was held this week, after she passed away, aged 85, at a nursing home in Belper.

For more than 40 years, Mrs McKee was a stalwart of 
local politics rising to become leader of Amber Valley Borough Council, with her late husband Jack, a former mayor of Belper at her side.

She was a parish 
councillor in her home 
village of Crich before moving on to be a Conservative 
Amber Valley councillor, 
Derbyshire county councillor and an Alderman of 
Derbyshire – a title denoting a high-ranking member of a council.

Meanwhile, Mrs McKee also found time for charity work, spending more than half a century organising events for the Red Cross.

Born in Kilwinning, Ayreshire, Mrs McKee married Jack in 1950 and moved soon after to Hampshire for Mr 
McKee’s work. They then moved to Crich in 1960 where she began her interest in politics.

Following her death on Sunday, December 15, at the Ada Belfield Nursing Home, a service was held in Mrs McKee’s honour on Monday, January 6, at Markeaton Crematorium. She leaves two children, Jennifer and Donald, and three grandchildren, Claire, Russell and Neil, and great-grand-daughter Freya.

Daughter Jennifer said: “The reoccurent theme through most of the condolence cards we have been sent is that mum was an inspiration, that word is used quite a lot, and that’s such a nice thing.”