Jane McNair, who died of cancer aged 46, will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and dedicated primary school teacher.

Mrs McNair was born in Devizes but spent most of her childhood in Wales before returning to Devizes with parents, Bill and Joyce Carter, in time to attend the sixth form at Devizes School.

She gained a teaching degree at Westminster College, Oxford and taught in Park North, Swindon, and then St Michael’s School, Melksham.

She became deputy headteacher at Winterbourne Earl school near Salisbury before moving to Wansdyke Primary School, Devizes, where she was deputy head for about six years.

She had been a teacher for 18 years and during some of that time will have been known by her previous name of Mrs Cross.

Jim Smith, who was headteacher at Wansdyke when she was deputy head, said: “Without exception everyone I met who had been taught by her say what an excellent teacher she was. Jane touched so many people’s lives and she was just wonderful.”

Mrs McNair enjoyed making her own cards, selling them at fetes, and she left Wansdyke to set up her own business, Potato Patch Crafts, a craft shop based at The Old Potato Yard, Lydeway. As well as selling items she ran workshops and children’s parties.

She did supply teaching for a few years and taught at Wansdyke and St Barnabas Primary School in Market Lavington, where she lived with her husband, Nick, and their 11-year-old daughter, Stephanie.

Mrs McNair was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 30 but was later given the all clear. But four years ago the disease returned and she died on June 29.

Despite her illness Mrs McNair remained positive and cheerful. She leaves her husband, daughter, parents, and brother, Simon.

There is to be a private burial. A service of thanksgiving is to be held at St John’s Church, Devizes, on July 15 at 2pm.

Her family have asked for donations in her memory for the charity Breast Cancer Care c/o John Stuart funeral service, Devizes.