by Colin Burchett

On Saturday 24th January 2009 another of our great friends left us. Joyce Woodward 'mothered' many people in the area and we were no exception. She was always enquiring into our health and giving us advice. We first met about 6 years ago when we ran a computer club in the New Romney Methodist Church Hall and she came along to obtain assistance. In no time at all, and I don't know exactly how, she persuaded me to come along to the local W.I. market to assist with their accounts. Once I was involved with this we became very good friends and I was requested to help with her book keeping for the local Art Society. She had her fingers in many pies, and was always busy. As her son said at her Memorial Service there came a time when we had to request an appointment providing, of course, that we could find her at home in the first instance.

On several occasions she came out with us to the Lifeboat Station to listen to the Canterbury Town Band which she always enjoyed very much. Also we took her with us to Choral concerts if she was available. Our other trips to the Tenterden Club for various forms of entertainment always left us amazed because if possible she was up on her feet and dancing, whilst we had to sit and watch. At one of our parties she was dancing away and a photo follows showing this.

She always enjoyed a good laugh and natter and was constantly nagging because we broke the code regarding diabetic food!

Oh, how we shall miss her.

I have taken the liberty of reproducing a reading from the Memorial Service which was read by one of her Grandchildren.

'A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find.
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
so go in peace, you've earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we'll eternally keep.'

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