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Dec 12, 2018

The Iconic Miss Jane Usher Passes

Jane Usher

Belizeans woke up this morning to the sad news that the iconic Miss Jane Usher had passed away peacefully at her house on the Philip Goldson surrounded by her loved ones. Miss Jane was known and loved by thousands of grateful Belizeans whose lives she touched.  The founder of the credit union movement spent most of her life at the Holy Redeemer Credit Union which grew over the years into one of the most successful financial institutions. Miss Jane was also a former minister of Housing, Health and Cooperatives representing the Pickstock Division.  She was the sister of the national hero, the late George Price, and her immense contributions put her in a place of her own. News Five’s Duane Moody reports on the life the Miss Jane.

 

Jane Usher, Deceased [September 5th, 2017]

“I woulda want tell yo fi true…tell lotta lie (chuckles). No I think it is you have something in you…I call it determination. You make up your mind and mind is master; there is nothing stronger than your mind right in here right now.”

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

….the key to living a long successful life, according to Miss Jane. Witty, humble, affectionate and determined – Doctor Jane Usher was loved by many as even now in death, she continues to inspire persons with whom she came in contact with.  Earlier this morning, the one hundred and one year-old mother of ten children passed away peacefully inside her mile five house on the Philip Goldson Highway.

 

Henry Charles Usher, Grandson of Deceased

“The Price Usher family and the family of Holy Redeemer Credit Union announce the passing of their matriarch, Misses Jane Ellen Mary Usher. She was known by many names: Granny Jane, Lady Jane, Doctor Jane, Jem by her late husband, Henry ‘Eagle’ Usher and of course Miss Jane by all. She left us this morning at 5:05 a.m., December twelfth in peaceful prayer surrounded by family.”

 

According to Henry Charles Usher, his grandmother suffered a fall about a year ago and wasn’t able to recover.

 

Henry Charles Usher

Henry Charles Usher

“When it became difficult for her to go to work, her son Clement set up her desk and computer at home at five miles Price Bank for her she wanted to continue her service to the member owners of Holy Redeemer Credit Union. She never stopped working, even when the pain was almost unbearable—a true testament to the perseverance and work ethic of this good Belizean woman.”

 

Miss Jane was born back on September fifth, 1917; she is the sister of the late father of our nation, George Cadle Price. Jane Usher was the first female president of the Senate and is also a former minister of government. Her passion for people and the development of the country also saw her become a pioneer in the credit union movement in Belize. Miss Jane’s name became synonymous with Holy Redeemer Credit Union.

 

Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“The Belize City Council joins the family of Doctor Jane Usher in mourning her passing. Miss Jane, as she was affectionately known, was a trailblazer. Certainly, she was one of our most prominent and accomplished citizens. While the Belize City Council joins you in mourning, we also join you in celebrating the extraordinary life of this remarkable woman, who devoted her life to building and enduring legacy in our social, political and economic spheres.”

 

The People’s Untied Party was among the first to react to the passing of Miss Jane. During the House of Representatives today, Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño acknowledged how the work of Jane Usher helped to mould the economic history of Belize.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“People remember Miss Jane for the work that she has done at Holy Redeemer Credit Union, that most people when they talk about HRCU, dehn seh, “I gwein go sih Miss Jane.”  Meaning that dehn gwein da Holy Redeemer Credit Union and it was amazing the life that she had, that she worked probably until sometime early this year when she got into, she had a spill and broke her pelvic bone.  It’s just so amazing what Miss Jane has done that she has touched the lives of thousands upon thousands of Belizeans, the small man and woman that does not have access to the bank, that can go to Miss Jane, borrow wahn lee money to send their children to school to have an education, build wahn small lee house.”

 

Ma Jane, as she was affectionately known to employees over at the Holy Redeemer Credit Union, touched the lives of many residents through her political career as well as her role in the credit union. During the celebration with Miss Jane on her hundredth birthday, staffers shared how she inspired them over the years.

 

Darren Leal

Darren Leal, Finance Officer, HRCU [September 5th, 2017]

“From since I started worked as a part of the HRCU family, Miss Jane has truly been an inspiration to me as I know she has been to many of us. To see Miss Jane reach a hundred years old and still going, I must say it is one of the greatest milestones I’ve ever witness.”

 

Nigel Alvarado

Nigel Alvarado, Loans Officer, HRCU [September 5th, 2017]

“I’ve known Miss Jane for the past five years going on to six and I’ve never one day had a disappointment working here. She greets me every morning I go in her office; I always give her a kiss on her cheeks. She is a very lovely lady. Any person that is around her will always leave and say Miss Jane is one of a kind.”

 

Luanne Daniels

Luanne Daniels, Internal Auditor [September 5th, 2017]

“Miss Jane is full of life; she is truly an inspiration to everybody. She is the first face that we see in the morning; your morning doesn’t start until you tell her good morning and you see her.”

 

Atindra Arthurs, Customer Service Representative, HRCU [September 5th, 2017]

“Miss Jane has always been one of the first persons in the office and the last to leave and she always has a smile on her face. She always has some stories to tell and always keeps you smiling.”

 

Minelie Erskine

Minelie Erskine, Head teller, HRCU [September 5th, 2017]

“She’s a very loving person, a very wise person. Miss Jane takes you back in history; she has a great sense of humor so whenever you come she takes you back in history with a lot of humor.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “The Iconic Miss Jane Usher Passes”

  1. Conch Soup says:

    How was she working at such an old age while other much younger people are forced to retire by the SSB?

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