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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 Jennywaswidowed in 1959, her


five childrenwere 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 aworkhouse. Claire said: “Mymotherwas 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 shewas 75. This meant she needed to drive to visit terminally-ill patients, so she passed her driving test at the age of 60. Shewas a wonderful mother and grandmother.” Jenny leaves her children, grandchildren


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


Jean Messham


JEANMessham (84) who has died in Totnes, Devon will bewell remembered locally from about 18 years of teaching. Shewas initially a supply teacher and


then amember of staff at Sandling County Primary School in Maidstone. Born Jean Roberts inWales, she grew up andwent 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. “Shewas caring and capable in her work


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


a lovely womanwho did a lot for others. After she retired, shewas involved with a choir which sang to raise money for the Heart of Kent Hospice.” Jean and Tedmoved to Devon to be near


Jo in October 2015. Jean leaves her husband, daughters and grandchildrenOwen, 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 timewith local Scouting. He retired from Mid-KentWater when the organisation changed and South EastWater became the company covering the area. Stewartwasmarried to Margaret for 49


years and the couple would have celebrated their goldenwedding in September. They raised sons David and Jonathan. Margaret said: “Stewartwas 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 metDavid through his brother, who also worked atAtcost, and the couple raised children Carole and Penny. Jackie did temping work as the children grew up.


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34 Maidstone Town September 2016 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 classical


music and popular stars like James Last and GuyMitchell. “Jackie used to communicate with Roy


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


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 in the production department before moving on to office work for the company. Doreenwasmarried for about six years


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


all the thingswe did, Doreen’s big passion was travelling. She had been to many places andwe 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 tripswas a visit to Bora Bora. “Doreen very much believed lifewas for


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


Susie Hoare HOLLINGBOURNE’S Susan “Susie” Hoare, who lived in Hadley Gardens,was known for her involvement in village life. She worshipped regularly at All Saints'


Parish Church andwas the sister of the Reverend Robin Gill; a local clergyman who is currently amember of the team working in the Leeds and Hollingbourne Benefice and whowas at one point the Priest in Charge. Susie’s funeral took place at Saint Margaret’s Church, Hucking.Achurch bar- becue which had been scheduled for the same daywas cancelled as amark of respect.


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