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JENNY Hurwi (98) lived locally from 1960,making homes in Doddington and Langley before spending her final years in Beauworth Park, off Willington Street, Maidstone. Prior to this Jenny


had lived in Rainham, Boxley and Strood. Born Jenny Elvy,


she trained as a nurse and began work before marrying Jack and raising children Claire,Maureen,


Andy, Felicity (“Lizzie”) and Greg. When Jenny was widowed in 1959, her


five children were aged between one and 11 years old. She had help from her mother with childcare and re-trained to gain higher nursing qualifications. Jenny worked as nurse in charge of elderly care at Linton Hospital and took an active role in helping the patients, some of whom had lived in the hospital since its earlier days as a workhouse. Claire said: “My mother was dedicated


to everyone she looked after, from her own children to the hospital patients. In the case of the patients, she worked hard to get them out and give them more active lives. “She worked hard at fundraising for the residents, including making soft toys to sell at fairs. She would give her last penny to someone who needed it more. “When she retired from the NHS at 60,


she went to work for Marie Curie Nursing Care, staying with them until she was 75. This meant she needed to drive to visit terminally-ill patients, so she passed her driving test at the age of 60. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.” Jenny leaves her children, grandchildren


Chris,Alex, Astrid and Toby and great- grandchildren Zac and Mia.


Cherry Fann


THE village of Staplehurst has been united in mourning the death of Cherry Fann (82). Born Cherry Grant in Cheam, Surrey, she


moved as a girl to Seaton, Devon, whre her parents were publicans. Her husband, Michael Fann, spent a holiday from Cambridge University working in the pub and the pair married in 1956, going on to raise four daughters. The family lived in Staplehurst from


1972, in a house called Lindridge on the Marden Road, for 20 years before converting and moving in to the neighbouring barn. Cherry was heavily involved in community life, working as a librarian at Staplehurst, Marden and Coxheath and running activities such as the Staplehurst Good Companions’ Club and the Age Concern Friday Club in Coxheath. Cherry was chairman of the Staplehurst Society and became its honorary life president on retirement. She co-authored a book on Staplehurst – a pictorial history based on old postcards – and was involved in organising annual clean-ups removing rubbish from country lanes in the area. In her tenure as a parish councillor from


1987 to 1995, she helped to oversee the conversion of the former school into a village centre.


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Cherry leaves her husband, three surviving daughters and 13 grandchildren.


Jean Messham


JEAN Messham (84) who has died in Totnes, Devon will be well remembered locally from around 18 years of teaching. She was initially a supply teacher and


then a member of staff at Sandling County Primary School in Maidstone. Born Jean Roberts inWales, she grew up and went to teacher training college before moving to the Maidstone area with husband of 56 years, Ted. He worked as a brickworks manager in Ryarsh and Pluckley. The couple raised daughters, Nikki and Jo. Jo said: “My mother taught locally from 1974 and, for years afterwards, she


would meet her former pupils in the street who would often stop and chat. She always regarded teaching as important and had the ability to bring the best out of children, however they learned. “She was caring and capable in her work


and was heavily involved in school events such as plays and music. She played the piano for those events. “To her pupils and to her family, she was


a lovely woman who did a lot for others. After she retired she was involved with a choir which sang to raise money for the Heart of Kent Hospice.” Jean and Ted moved to Devon to be near


Jo in October 2015. Jean leaves her husband, daughters and grandchildren Owen, Emily and Ed.


Stewart Brown


STEWART Brown (78) lived in the Square Hill area of Maidstone for 32 years and before that in YeomanWay, Bearsted. Born and raised in Staplehurst, Stewart worked for Mid-KentWater andwas involved for a long time with local Scouting. He retired from Mid-KentWater when


the organisation changed and South East Water became the company covering the area.


Stewart was married to Margaret for 49


years and the couple would have celebrated their goldenwedding in September. They raised sons David and Jonathan. Margaret said: “Stewart was very supportive ofme and our sons in the local Scouting movement and helped in every way he could.At the two serviceswe held, more than 200 people turned up. “Just over 19 years ago, Stewart received


a Pride of MaidstoneAward from Cllr Morel D'Souza for his services to Scouting.” Stewart leaves his wife, sons, daughter-


in-law Erika and grandchildren Joseph and Anneka.


JackieAtkinson


JACQUELINE “Jackie”Atkinson (80) lived with husband David in Barming for 52 years. Born Jacqueline Collins and raised in Marden, Jackie worked forAtcost in


Paddock Wood as a receptionist and telephonist for a number of years. She met David through his brother, who also worked atAtcost, and the couple raised children Carole and Penny. Jackie did


temping work as the children grew up. David said: “Jackie was a happy and hard-working person, a dedicated mother and someone who loved her family.We enjoyed music and went to all kinds of performances, including classicalmusic and popular stars like James Last and Guy Mitchell. “Jackie used to communicate with Roy


Hudd and he would make a point of telling us when he was performing in our area.” Jackie leaves her husband, daughters, grandchildren Kate and Adam and great- grandchildren Oakley, Laken, Jax and Primrose.


Caroline Cornell


THE death has been announced in Swansea, after a short illness, of Caroline Cornell (51). Born Caroline Leigh she grew up mainly


in Coxheath and aended Cornwallis School before moving to Somerset after her marriage.At the time of her death, she was living in Camarthen, SouthWales.


Doreen Frost


DOREEN Frost (64) lived the final 20 years of her life in Coxheath and had lived in the local area all her life. Born Doreen Funnel, in Charing, she


moved to Yalding as a very young girl and later lived in Nelestead. Doreen’s working life included time


spent working in a shoe shop in Maidstone and about 30 years working for ICI in Yalding, where she started off working in production and moved on to office work for the company. Doreen was married for about six years


earlier in her life but spent over 20 years with partner Ted Homewood. Ted said: “Apart from our life locally and


all the things we did, Doreen’s big passion was travelling. She had been to many places and we had cruised and flown all over the world; as far away asAustralia and to exotic places including Bali, Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands and the Far East. Amongst her favourite trips was a visit to Bora Bora. “Doreen very much believed life was for


living and she really enjoyed a lot of what she did.” Doreen leaves her partner and her sister Freda and brother Tony.


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