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Love News has received word of the passing of a Belizean icon Mrs. Jane Usher, Senior JP, CBE at the age of 101. Mrs. Jane as she is affectionately known passed away at 5:05 this morning.

Dr. Usher who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Galen University played a significant role in the development of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union (HRCU). In March 2017, the US Embassy recognized Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher as the Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2017 for her life-long contributions to economic empowerment and dedicated public service. The award, recognizing, quote “the achievements of remarkable Belizean women and celebrates the honorable causes to which the awardees devote their lives” The Management and Staff of RSV Ltd. extend condolences to the family and friends of the late Mrs. Jane Usher.

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The Government of Belize wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of Hon. Dr. Jane Usher.

Dr. Jane Usher served Belize as a politician and area representative of the Pickstock constituency for two consecutive terms. She also served as a Cabinet minister and as President of the Senate. Dr. Usher has been recorded in Belize political history as embroidering the first Belizean flag.

She spearheaded a strong wave of women political consciousness in Belize during her tenure as President of the National Women’s Commission, as CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women) was adopted into policies and legislation in Belize.

The work of Ms Jane, as she was popularly known, at the Holy Redeemer Credit Union, which was established in 1944, is legendary. She successfully lobbied for legislation to establish the Credit Union League of Belize. Ms. Jane vastly expanded the assets of Holy Redeemer Credit Union, impacting positively upon the lives of thousands of Belizeans. Even at the age of 101, Ms. Jane continued to work at HRCU.

Dr. Jane Usher was born to William Cadle Price and Irene Escalante in 1917 and was one of 11 siblings, the oldest being Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price.

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Statement by Hon. John Briceño Leader of the People’s United Party On the passing of Mrs. Jane Usher S. JP Former Member of the House of Representatives

All of us in the People’s United Party are grateful for the life of Mrs. Jane Usher. Her contribution to the development of this nation is unmatched. Miss Jane, as everyone fondly knows her, spent her life in the service of others. As a PUP Minister of Housing or as the head of her beloved Holy Redeemer Credit Union, Miss Jane was about the people. She worked in the service of regular Belizeans who, through their small contributions, were able to build their homes, educate their children, or bury their parents. I am proud to be the leader of a Party that was beloved by Miss Jane. In the PUP, we celebrate her contributions, we give thanks for her years of guidance and sensible counsel and we stand here in solidarity with her children and grandchildren because we know that through all her years of service, Miss Jane was first and foremost a matriarch, a mother and grandmother who loved all her children and grandchildren. So from all of us in the PUP, to the Price and Usher Families, we say thank you and we are with you at this time. Miss Jane joins her husband Henry and her brother, our beloved Mr. Price and the rest of her family members who have gone before her to that eternal reward which our Lord has prepared for those who love Him.

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The U.S. Embassy expresses our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher.

Remembering the life of a remarkable woman who tirelessly gave her time and resources to others as a role model and mentor. In 2017, the Embassy chose Dr. Usher as Belize Woman of the Year for her life-long contributions to economic empowerment and dedicated public service.

Rest in Peace Dr. Usher.