Obituary: Joyce Hobby

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Joyce Hobby

THE service of thanksgiving for the life of Joyce Hobby, took place at Langham Parish Church.

Donations of £420 were divided between Langham Church, Langham Village Hall Fund and the British Heart Foundation.

Joyce died at her home, at Well Street, Langham, after a short illness.

Born on July 4, 1926, in Rotherham, she was the daughter of Beatrice and Oswald Ward.

At the age of nine she moved with her family to Birmingham.

On leaving school at the age of 14, shortly after the beginning of the Second World War, she worked at the Austin motor works in Longridge.

At the age of 18 she joined the Wrens and worked on Enigma decoding machines.

Joyce met Dave Hobby on January 29, 1945 (Dave’s birthday) at Birmingham New Street Station. They had both returned to London from a weekend leave.

Dave was serving with the RAF and had just returned from four years’ service abroad. They were married on October 6 that year.

During their married life they travelled extensively while Dave was still serving with the RAF and their five children were born in Birmingham, Egypt, Anglesey, Malta and Rutland.

Joyce and Dave moved to Langham in 1964 and settled into village life. Joyce was a lifelong member of the Church of England and worshipped at Langham Church. She was also a member of Langham WI and president for several years.

She loved reading and was a regular patron of Oakham Library and in later years was a member of the mobile library service. She also enjoyed reading and writing poetry. One of her poems, about her native Yorkshire, was read at her thanksgiving service.

Having left school at an early age, without qualifications, she always felt strongly about the importance of education. She took O-levels and A-level English during the early 1970s and worked as a teacher’s aid at Burghley Road Primary School during the same period. She thoroughly enjoyed helping children learn to read.

Joyce was a devoted wife and mother and was overjoyed when she became a grandmother and then great-grandmother.

She also enjoyed happy friendships both with friends she met during her years in Langham and those she had met through many years of service life.

Joyce was a happy, witty and sociable person, who welcomed people into her life. There were many gatherings for friends and family over the years in Langham and at the couple’s homes in their years travelling with the RAF. She was kind, loving and a great lady with a wonderful sense of humour, great integrity, and will be deeply missed.

Family mourners included: Dave Hobby (widower), Sophie Hobby, John and Yvonne, Stella and Tony, Mary and Vince, Lucy and Kevin, grandchildren - Steven, Charlotte, Peter, Katie, Victoria, David and Jordan (representing great grandchildren Niamh, Erin and William).

Mrs Ann Skeats, Mr Ted Ward, Mrs Edwina Ward (Paul, Rebecca and family), Miss Gaenor Skeats, Shelley and Jonathan Bowden, Pam and Alan Hardwick, Val Todd, George Todd, Danielle Todd (Mr Laurie Todd and family).

Sympathisers included: Jill and Daniel Weinbren, Mrs Hemsley, Christopher Heygate-Goddard (Voluntary Action Rutland), Sally Wilson, Jim and Lisa Lill, Margaret Towl, Tom and Ann Brown, Gerry, Jenny, Julie Wain, Edna Blackshield, Christine Dunmore, Debbie Sowter, Sue Sharpe (Mary Wright), Kristi Withers, Marion and Lawrence, Martyn, Mr and Mrs T Kirk and Samantha, Liz and Richard Braithwaite, Heather and David Fillingham, Pat and David Heath, Edwina Dewsbury, Val and John Pate (Jeanne and Jeff Whitelaw), Janet and Jim Bradley, Langham Village Hall), Wynn Edwards, Ruth and Em Edwards (Ceri), Connie Beadman, Sue Burdett (Pete), Kim and Tracey Clenaghan, Mary Stewart (Prayer Book Society), Joan Levisohn (Jenny Mallett, Doris Creasey), John and Ruth Harrison, Della Dewis, Ruth Burdett, Vi Bull, Hazel and Michael Wallace (family).

Sally Bull, Pru Mead (family and Langham WI), Betty Minor, Ray and Mary Lewis (Christine, Michael and Pauline), Trish Hobbs, Margaret Carlisle (Michael), Gill Frisby, Julie Ball (Clive and family), Brenda Walker (Albert), Andrew and Sarah, Tim Walker, Margaret and Trevor Kirk), Ray Docker (James, Louise and Katie), Margaret and Kevin Ainscough (family), Richard and Marion Seal (Sue Brown, Cathy Aynsley), Keith Greenslade, Ann Onions (family), Beryl Houghton, Jenny Corbett, John and Jackie Underwood, Jil Smith (family), Gwen Mulligan (families), Jane, Peter and Rachel Chalk), Sally Carrasco, Hilary Knight, Shirley Stubbings, Pat and Bruce Roberts, Ann Cook, Lynn Docker (James, Louise and Katie), Judith Green (family), Mary Cramp, Alison Price (Mark and family), Karen Hayman (Hyde family).