Council worker died after holiday

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FORMER South Holland District Council employee Libby Pearson was fit and well when she went on holiday to Mauritius but was in a wheelchair when a taxi driver met her at the airport.

Mrs Pearson (53), of St Mark’s Drive, Crowland, had never been diagnosed with diabetes but died from complications associated with the illness.

She was found dead at her home on October 17, having last been seen alive on October 13.

Coroner Maureen Taylor read a statement from the taxi driver who took Mrs Pearson to Heathrow and collected her when she returned.

Miss Taylor said the taxi driver received a “muted” response when he asked Mrs Pearson if she was okay.

He stopped at a service station on the way home and bought some bottles of water, but Mrs Pearson didn’t drink any of it.

He helped her into the house when they arrived back in Crowland and asked if she wanted him to call a doctor or an ambulance, but Mrs Pearson replied no and said she would be all right.

Miss Taylor recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

* Mrs Pearson joined South Holland District Council in 2002 and latterly worked for Compass Point, the company running admin services for South Holland and East Lindsey councils. She was also a member of Crowland Parish Council. South Holland District councillors stood in silence for Mrs Pearson after hearing news of her death at their October meeting.