Joan White

Many Kidlington residents – especially worshippers at St Mary’s – will remember Joan White, who has died aged 94.

Joan came to Kidlington to share in a group home in Marlborough Avenue in the late 1970s, but later moved to one of the almshouses where she lived independently for many years supported by special friends Hazel and Tony Curl and many others.

A lady of indomitable spirit and sincere Christian faith, she was a familiar figure around the village, at the market on Saturdays and always at St Mary’s on Sundays.

In later life she moved to a series of residential and nursing homes before finding comfort at Townsend House in Barton, where she died on April 13. Increasingly frail in her later years, there was never a moment when her spirit weakened and she took an active interest in Kidlington to the end – including subscribing to the Kidlington News. She loved to return to the village for the Flower Festival, Remembrance Sunday or Christmas, greeting friends with old fashioned courtesy.

Hers was a difficult life, limited by her abilities and challenged by a series of unsettling moves, every one of which she met with determination and courage. “I never give up, and I have faith” she often said. And it was true.

Donations in Joan’s memory can be sent to Townsend House, Bayswater Road, Barton, Headington, Oxford OX3 9NX. Cheques should be made payable to: ‘The Order of St John’s Care Trust, Townsend House’ with a note to say it is for their Amenities Fund in memory of Joan White

Andrew and Sue Moss