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Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:38pm
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We are sorry to say that Jan, my mother and founder of this website, recently passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jan enjoyed working on this website and helping others, and you may be interested to know the following background about her and our website:

In 2004 Jan started a web-based group for expats in the Cuidad Quesada area in Spain for a small group of friends and residents, where they could discuss living in the new development within the area and share ideas. At the time, there was limited information and help online for people in their position, and excited by the thought of reaching more people in similar situations, Jan started the website in 2011 with the aim of creating a friendly and informative place for people to visit for everything to do with Quesada. This friendly online community has since grown considerably, as today it stands at nearly 12,000 members.

Based on the success of Jan’s Quesada website, she then started more websites covering other areas in Spain, as well as a website for the UK. After all of Jan’s hard work, she has gained nearly 100,000 members in total across all the websites.

Jan loved nothing more than helping people find useful information that she wished she could have found herself when she first thought about living in Spain and buying a property there.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and thanks to Jan for any help she may have given you over the years, either personally or through the help her websites have provided. Or if you’re new to the site hopefully you will find Jan’s experience and legacy helpful to you.  We will continue Jan’s work keeping the website up to date, encouraging discussions and exchanging useful information. 

We have also set up a Just Giving page in memory of Jan, to help raise money for the Princess Alice Hospice, in the UK, which cared for her so kindly during her final days. Princess Alice Hospice rely on donations and fundraising to keep going, and provide a wonderful service for those who need it. Here is the link if you wish to kindly donate:

I will be carrying on Jan's websites in her memory as this is what she would have wanted. For the moment please bear with me while we get up to speed on everything.

Thank you,



Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:20pm


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Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:20pm

I am sincerely sorry to hear this news. Thankfully she was taken care of in her last  weeks and days with the dignity she deserved.

I'm glad to hear that you are continuing with her online work, she will be looking down on you with pride. 

Alex, take care of yourself in the days, weeks and months to come. 


Mr & Mrs Jack 

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Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:33pm

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Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:33pm

So sorry to hear this news my husband's sister also passed away from this terrible cancer.  Jan was obviously a caring person who worked hard to help others.  Good luck to you in continuing her legacy Alex.


Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:43pm

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Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:43pm

Condolences to you all; sorry for your loss.



Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:15pm

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Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:15pm

Dear Alex, 

So sorry to learn of the death of your mum. A difficult time in your life for sure. Condolence to you and your extended family. 

Best wishes



Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:28am

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Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:28am

RIP Jan, I would not be here in Spain if it had not been for this web site.

I look forward to it every day for it's intuitive information from the wise people who have shared their experiences on it.

Long may it carry on as Jan's legacy to the people who take the oportunity to come to live in this wonderful country.


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Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:35am

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Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:35am

So sorry for your loss .  

I am new to this site and find it very helpful . 



Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:14am


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Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:14am

Oh Alex, I am so sorry to hear this. Your mum did a great job.  Our condolences to you and your family at this very sad time 


Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:33am

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Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:33am

So sorry for your loss

Jan was such a kind and helpful lady

You are all in our prayers

God Bless


Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:46am

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Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:46am

My condolences on the passing of your mother.  These forums have and still do help many, myself included so it was great work of your mother to set up these web pages/forums.  May she rest in peace, your grief be short and memories long.

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