Former town mayor will be greatly missed

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Daventry mayor who “always fought for what people wanted”.

Barbara Kember, 72, died on Saturday after a two-and-a-half year battle with ovarian cancer.

The mother-of-four was Mayor of Daventry in 1994 and also served as a district councillor from 1990 to 1998.

Her daughters Wendy Randall and Julia Taylor led the tributes saying: “Mum was very family orientated and did a lot of work for the town. She was a very giving person and always helping other people.

“Mum helped campaign to get Danetre Hospital revamped and also fought to keep the pelican crossing between Waitrose and Tesco. That’s the kind of person she was, a very determined lady who would always fight for what people wanted.”

Mrs Kember had two other children, Gill Brown and Grahame Smith, and five grandchildren.

She lived on Manor Road with her husband Derek and also enjoyed gardening and going to church.

Cllr Chris Millar, leader of Daventry District Council (DDC), said: “We are very saddened to hear that Barbara Kember has passed away.

“Barbara faithfully served as a district councillor for eight years on behalf of everyone at DDC I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to her family.”

Mrs Kember also set up the Daventry and District Branch of Diabetes UK back in 1999 after her son-in-law, Peter Randall, was diagnosed with type one diabetes.

Secretary of the branch Colin Davenport said: “She was the driving force in getting together people with diabetes in the district to create a forum where there was an opportunity to provide mutual support and better inform people about their condition.

“The group still owes a great debt to Barbara for initiating and inspiring such a worthwhile organisation. She will be greatly missed.”

The current Mayor of Daventry Glenda Simmonds added: “I became acquainted with Barbara through her charitable work for the community.

“Barbara was a person of great vitality and I admired her drive and enthusiasm for everything she believed in.”

Her funeral will take place on Thursday, January 20 at the Holy Cross Church in Daventry at 10.45am. She will be cremated at Banbury Crematorium at 12pm.