June Mary

A few weeks ago we lost a very special member of our family . June Mary, our lovely, sweet Nanny.

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One of the main reasons I began this blog was so that my grandparents could be kept up to date with the renovations.  Despite the fact that they only lived thirty minutes from us, it wasn’t as easy for them to jump in the car and pop over as much as they would have  liked.

For as long as I can remember, my grandparents have always  been keen DIY’ers,  Nanny always keen to pull up her shirt sleeves and give things ago but in her element out in the garden.

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Accessing the internet was a new thing for them and a challenge at the best of times but they were always keen to know what was going on here at the house, I would encourage them to jump online and  ‘check out Old Pearly Jenkins’.  With a few hiccups here and there, they’d do it, ringing me to give us praise and bucket loads of encouragement.

My Nan was a twin, born in Derby, United Kingdom on the 29th of May 1937.  June and Valerie , the only children for Bernard and Florence (Flo).

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June met my grandfather Stan  the mid 1950s. They married and started a family.  My mother Beverley, the oldest of their three daughters.

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Stan joined the British Army, The Royal Leicestershire Regiment and together as a family had the opportunity to live in Malta and Germany as well as other parts of the United Kingdom.

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After my grandfather retired from the Army in the early 1970s the family emigrated to New Zealand and eventually to Brisbane, Australia.

In the last few months of Nanny’s life I would go to their house after work on Wednesdays for dinner.  After the dishes were done, the television would be turned off and the three of us would pull our chairs together.

Between the two of them they would talk about their lives together and I would quietly listen and record these conversations on my phone.  Both Nanny and Stan wanted their stories recorded before it was too late.  I’m so glad that we spent the time doing this.  We have captured these precious memories forever.

Never one to dwell on the negative, Nanny June soldiered on despite being so ill,  always with a big cheeky grin and a funny joke to share.  Only in the later part of the illness did the cracks being to show.

She was taking a lot of medication to try to ease the pain but the side effects were rough on her. But again, never would you hear her moan or complain!  She was just so grateful for the little extensions of time it gave her.

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Stan and June celebrating their wedding anniversary this year.

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Always full of positivity, laughter and happiness our lives seem a little empty without Nanny June.  My grandfather Stan has lost his best mate, my heart goes out to him.

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I miss you Nan,  we all miss you xox

 

 

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19 thoughts on “June Mary

    • Thank you for your lovely response to this post.
      It was hard not to cry when I wrote it and even now, Months later, I’ve got a lump in my throat and a wobbly chin as I respond to the comments. I’ve never experienced losing someone so close before and it’s harder than I realised. She was a great lady and is sorely missed .

  1. I’m so sorry to hear of your Nan’s death. You have written a wonderful tribute to her, and I hope it brings some comfort to those who are missing her now. 🙂

  2. Joanna roberts says:

    Just Beautiful and just how I want to remember Auntie June xxxxxx sending love to you all xxxxx

  3. Rebecca Roberts says:

    I loved this memorial to Auntie June, loved all the pictures and short story of her life. Always in our thoughts…sending all our love to you all in Brisbane xxxxxxxx Becky, Mark & Leighton xxxxxx

  4. I’m so sorry you lost your Nanny. You wrote a beautiful tribute. How wonderful that you recorded your conversations and stories. What a family treasure!

    • Thanks D’Arcy, I’m really happy that we recorded those stories too! I’m now spending two nights a week with my grandad to keep him company and during the winter we are going to start recording again. Stan has had such an incredibly interesting life, especially all his years in the British Army. He is looking forward to it.

  5. curt says:

    Oh, Pearly – so very sorry for your loss – but thank you so much for sharing her story and your memories. These are the true treasures of life. You and your family are richer for her – and now those that read your tribute are as well.

    • Thanks for taking the time to read this, I was asked if I would like to say something at her funeral but was just lost for words at the time. You’re right, this is my eulogy. Thank you for making me realise this.

  6. So much of love, but all these years there was togetherness and happiness, your grand ma really did lived happily and had lot of love from everybody, so nice memories I guess. She gave Stan your Granddad lots of movements he would cherish for ever. Peace and love and good will.

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