A charity supporter and performer who died suddenly aged 63 made her organs available for a life saving transplant .
Jane Rutherford, a trustee at St Nicholas Hospice Care, in Bury St Edmunds, believed in organ donation and her liver went to a ‘super urgent’ patient with just 72 hours to live. Her kidneys went to two other people.
She suffered a brain haemorrhage on Wednesday October 31 and died at WestSuffolk Hospital later that day.
Her partner Nigel Smith said: “Three lives have been helped which is one of the few positives to come out of this.”
Ms Rutherford, of Rede, devoted her career to working in the NHS and moved to Bury as director of personnel at West Suffolk Health Authority in 1983.
In the late 1980s, she became director of healthcare commissioning for the authority and was later director of corporate services of Suffolk Health Authority.
Following her retirement, she volunteered at the hospice before being appointed to its board of trustees.
She spent nine years as a trustee and was vice-chairman for many years.
Mr Smith said: “Jane felt that she had a lot to offer at the Hospice, given her extensive knowledge of health care and human resources. She wanted to give something back to the community – she always was a tremendous giver.
“Everybody always said Jane made time for them and never said a bad word against anybody.”
She was also involved with Bury Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, the Suffolk Horse Society and The Aquarius Singers.
Ms Rutherford leaves her partner, two step children, a grandson, her mother, two sisters and two brothers.
Her funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church, in Bury, on Friday November 16 at 1pm followed by a private family cremation.
Mourners are invited to join the family after the service at Ravenwood Hall Hotel, in Rougham.