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Jessie decided she wanted to become a doctor at the age of 5.
Appointed to the female section of the venereal disease department at the Leeds General Infirmary in 1946, she remained there until she retired in 1985. Though some would think the work distasteful, she enjoyed her job, as well as managing husband, son, and house. Her patients were always seen and coped with on the day they came to the clinic. They were often grateful and some gave her small presents. Moreover, it gave her pleasure that none of them died, unlike so many of the patients of her paediatric husband.
Jessie died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with early Alzheimer's disease. She leaves a husband, a son, and two grandchildren.