Heartbroken widow hanged herself because she never got over death of her husband

Bolton Coroners Court

Bolton Coroners Court

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A HEARTBROKEN widow who never got over the death of her husband hanged herself, an inquest heard.

Jacqueline Leach, a 58-year-old a mother of three sons, found happiness with Frank Leach, but when he died from cancer several years ago she was devastated.

Her sister, Sharon Ratcliffe. said former care worker Mrs Leach suffered depression, would drink and had tried to kill herself on a number of occasions.

Mrs Leach’s son, John Derbyshire, found her dead at her home in Tithe Barn Crescent, Hall i’th’ Wood, on February 24.

A note left on the living room table expressed her wish to die.

Area coroner, Alan Walsh, said: “It suggests that her husband’s death was a major factor because she couldn’t live, really, without him and she asks the family to accept that is what she wants to do.”

Mr Derbyshire said he had seen his mother a day earlier and she had seemed fine, a view echoed by neighbour Carmel Cosgrove, who saw Mrs Leach at 11pm. She said Mrs Leach had been drinking, but was not drunk, and that they were even laughing together before her friend went home.

But Mrs Ratcliffe said her sister had “a very sad life and was on a downward spiral all the time”.

Recording a conclusion that Mrs Harper took her own life while suffering from depression, Mr Walsh said: “When Frank died I am satisfied his death destroyed Mrs Leach.

“In her note she says he was the only one she ever loved and to that extent she couldn’t cope with his loss.”

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11:42am Thu 26 Jun 14

Donkey Stone says...

A story of both tragedy and true love. I hope they have both found peace.
A story of both tragedy and true love. I hope they have both found peace. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 26

6:36pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Babigurl_83 says...

How very disrespectful to write this article without even speaking to her family first !!!! Do they not even get a say so ?! This is a personal tragedy that the family are trying to deal with every single day , and then u, to drag it all up for everybody to see !!! It's just bit off gossip for you to publish but what about the family that are trying to come to terms with this ... Would be nice to spare a thought for Jackie's family and their feelings !
How very disrespectful to write this article without even speaking to her family first !!!! Do they not even get a say so ?! This is a personal tragedy that the family are trying to deal with every single day , and then u, to drag it all up for everybody to see !!! It's just bit off gossip for you to publish but what about the family that are trying to come to terms with this ... Would be nice to spare a thought for Jackie's family and their feelings ! Babigurl_83
  • Score: 6

6:51pm Thu 26 Jun 14

dennis11* says...

Who is Mrs Harper?
'Recording a conclusion that Mrs Harper took her own life....'
Did I miss something?
Who is Mrs Harper? 'Recording a conclusion that Mrs Harper took her own life....' Did I miss something? dennis11*
  • Score: 5

7:12pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Chatterbox 1 says...

dennis11* wrote:
Who is Mrs Harper?
'Recording a conclusion that Mrs Harper took her own life....'
Did I miss something?
No, you didn't miss anything, Dennis11, it's just the usual sloppy reporting from the BN.
[quote][p][bold]dennis11*[/bold] wrote: Who is Mrs Harper? 'Recording a conclusion that Mrs Harper took her own life....' Did I miss something?[/p][/quote]No, you didn't miss anything, Dennis11, it's just the usual sloppy reporting from the BN. Chatterbox 1
  • Score: 3

8:25pm Thu 26 Jun 14

merryhell1@hotmail.co.uk says...

So very sad x
So very sad x merryhell1@hotmail.co.uk
  • Score: 3

12:26am Fri 27 Jun 14

keithyno.1 says...

Babigurl_83 wrote:
How very disrespectful to write this article without even speaking to her family first !!!! Do they not even get a say so ?! This is a personal tragedy that the family are trying to deal with every single day , and then u, to drag it all up for everybody to see !!! It's just bit off gossip for you to publish but what about the family that are trying to come to terms with this ... Would be nice to spare a thought for Jackie's family and their feelings !
Disrespectful? Errr..it's a report of proceedings at an inquest into a death, which is open to the public just as any court case is. And that's the job of local newspapers, to report on local court proceedings (including coroners courts).
Or would you prefer your local newspaper to just carry utterly trivial tittle-tattle about local supposed "celebrities" appearing on Big Brother? Perhaps you'd find that less offensive to your sensibilities...
[quote][p][bold]Babigurl_83[/bold] wrote: How very disrespectful to write this article without even speaking to her family first !!!! Do they not even get a say so ?! This is a personal tragedy that the family are trying to deal with every single day , and then u, to drag it all up for everybody to see !!! It's just bit off gossip for you to publish but what about the family that are trying to come to terms with this ... Would be nice to spare a thought for Jackie's family and their feelings ![/p][/quote]Disrespectful? Errr..it's a report of proceedings at an inquest into a death, which is open to the public just as any court case is. And that's the job of local newspapers, to report on local court proceedings (including coroners courts). Or would you prefer your local newspaper to just carry utterly trivial tittle-tattle about local supposed "celebrities" appearing on Big Brother? Perhaps you'd find that less offensive to your sensibilities... keithyno.1
  • Score: 3

9:41am Fri 27 Jun 14

Babigurl_83 says...

! I find it disrespectful that they can't even be arsed to speak to her family that was all there at the inquest to let them know that it would be going in the news paper . There are children in the family that don't know the ins and outs of her death whom believe that their nana died peacefully in her sleep .. And then for it to go public without a word if warning it's pretty hurtful ! And that my dear is what I find pretty disrespectful . Look at it if you was in this situation ... Ask yourself how would you feel ?
! I find it disrespectful that they can't even be arsed to speak to her family that was all there at the inquest to let them know that it would be going in the news paper . There are children in the family that don't know the ins and outs of her death whom believe that their nana died peacefully in her sleep .. And then for it to go public without a word if warning it's pretty hurtful ! And that my dear is what I find pretty disrespectful . Look at it if you was in this situation ... Ask yourself how would you feel ? Babigurl_83
  • Score: 5

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