My lovely mom Joan was born the eldest of four children to William & Elsie Nevett her siblings were bill brenda & Stan. She attended Hobmoor Road Primary School and Bierton Road Senior School. She left school at 14 and started work in an office doing the post and answering the telephone which she loved she worked for two spinsters and was known as Miss Nevett. Unfortunately this was short lived as her mother Elsie told her she would have to leave and look after her siblings while she went to work as she could earn more money to support the family. The war was on and her dad was fighting in the army. Her story telling was immense she had to do all the cleaning cooking washing make sure her sister and brother got to school as well as looking after her youngest brother Stan who was only 3years old who she adored and still did till the day she passed. They had apples and custard every day from the apple tree in the garden she said that’s what kept them all in good stead.She eventually had a job at Wilmott Breedon where she met and married my lovely dad Tom Kennedy. They started married life living with relatives and then managed to get rooms on the Coventry road small heath where four families shared one gas cooker they had 1 ring each to cook their meal on my brother was born there can you imagine that today. They eventually rented a back to back house inTalfourd Street where I was born and mom said it was the happiest of times. Mom was the most genuine caring loving person you could know ,my dad suffered a brain haemorrhage at the age of 32 years which he fortunately survived but he suffered ill health for quite a while my brother was a chronic asthmatic and had to go to live in Switzerland for 7 months funded by the Sunday Mercury Give A Girl Health Fund which mom still donates to she said without that my brother would not have had the life he did. Imagine putting a 9 year old on a plane and not seeing him again for 7 months no phones just letters. We lived in a flat in Malthouse Grove Yardley at the time and the whole grove came out waving him off they had a big collection for him with which he bought a watch. We lived here until I was 11 and eventually moved to a new house in Sheldon Heath Road where mom lived for 50years she lost my precious dad in 1997 but got on with life as best as she could still helping everyone. She has 6 grandchildren 8 grandchildren who adored her as much as she adored them. Her legacy was Family and Friends everyone who knew her loved her she had the great ability of not only making you laugh she could also laugh at herself. She was my mom and my best friend and I miss her more every day but I know God called her at the right time she is back with my lovely dad Rest in Peace my gorgeous Mom until we all meet again xxxxxx
Awwww Can’t believe our beautiful Joan your not with us anymore it’s still seems soo unreal to me . Beautiful kind caring Joan is how I will always remember you. You were beautiful inside and out . I’m so glad you moved to Hampton house I had the pleasure to have known you . You will always have special place in my heart Forever love and miss you Joan ❤️RIP (Your white scarf friend )
Remembering a lovely aunt and godmother who had the ability to make you feel warm and welcome, always interested to hear about your nearest and dearest, always smiling and telling a story to make you laugh. What a wonderful gift to have. I hope you are now resting in peace with Uncle Tom. God bless. Jane, Russ, Ben and Lucy xxx
Ive never met a Nan like Nanny Joan. She welcomed me into the family like I was her actual granddaughter and I always felt so comfortable with her. So full of love and stories and always making me laugh. I am so proud that my daughters are part of her legacy and she will forever be in their hearts. Sleep peacefully Nanny Joan. Loved by so many xx
It is over 55 years since Joan came into our lives when our late mum, Vera Smith, was working at the Co-op supermarket in Acocks Green. Joan and Mom became firm friends and Mom considered Joan one of her best friends right up until she passed away in 2013. Joan and Tom, Iris and Fred and our parents formed a lasting friendship enjoying each other’s company as their families grew up, married and grandchildren arrived . We knew Joan as a lovely caring lady who was always full of fun and had a smile on her face. Even in the past few years, before COVID we would often bump into Joan on a Saturday morning strolling around Marks and Spencer having independently taken advantage of the Ring and Ride transport. She was always so cheerful and loved stopping for a chat, enquiring after our families and proudly passing on all the news of her grandchildren and great - grandchildren . We were delighted to be invited to share in Joan’s 90th birthday celebration a few years ago and it was lovely to see her so happy with all her family and friends. We have happy memories of lovely lady, now reunited with Tom, family and friends. R.I.P Joan always loved, never forgotten . Sue Perks and Pauline Santer.
Joan Our dear family friend. My mom and dad, Iris and Fred, treasured their friendship with you, Tom, Vera and Les. What happy times we all shared. Forever remembered for your kindness, cheeky laugh and glint in your eye. How did you remain so youthful Joan? No social distancing now Joan. Have fun with your beloved Tom and the rest of the gang. They’ve been waiting for you. Our love always Jean and San xxxx
I knew Joan from my early teens and she was always such a kind and caring lady. She had the patience of a Saint putting up with 5 or 6 teenage boys playing Subuteo in the kitchen till the early hours of the morning!!! Nothing appeared to bother Joan. In later years she showed her caring side by always enquiring about my children and grandchildren and knitting cardigans for my twin granddaughters. Joan had a great sense of humour and would take my "ribbing" about not taking enough water in her whiskey when she took a while to answer the door. Joan was a great listener and never ever did I hear her say a bad word about anyone. I will miss our chats. Rest in peace Joan God Blessxx
You were quite simply the perfect Nan and a wonderful person. You taught me so much through your love, warmth, care, patience and affection. You always believed in us and were always there for us. My birthdays just won't be the same without your phone call, but I will be thinking of you.
Words cannot describe how much I love you Nan. You never failed to offer your unconditional love and I truly felt at home whenever I was with you, a feeling also passed on to Ella & Phoebe. Who knows what we will all do without you, but we have fantastic memories and we get to keep them forever. Rest in peace Nan, the kindest, funniest friend I had xx
Nan was the kindest , most loving person in our lives . She always put everyone else above herself and valued her family more than anything in the world . No matter where Nan was she always had the ability to make everywhere she was just feel cosy . Saturday afternoons watching old movies at nans were the best. I remember reading all nans Catherine Cookson books and watching the plays on Tv with her. She would always phone me up to let me know that an episode of inspector morse was on channel 51 or some other random number and would always leave a voicemail to tell me a nice film was on 😂. She was more than a nan she was a friend and a confidant and always had wise words for any situation. She was a fantastic great nan to Martha and Tom who will like all of us miss her so much. She was the best of us from the best generation . We love you nan and although miss you terribly we will never forget you and will cherish our memories of you. Xxxx
I have known Joan for 52years. Almost as long as my own mother. She was my friend and confidant. We used to share gossip for hours in the kitchen at 346. Where ever she lived it always felt so comfortable and homely. Once in her home you never felt like leaving. Her Sunday dinners were second to none. She was so funny and always ready to share a joke and have laugh. When I was courting Joy I spent most of my weekends on her settee. She used to come down on a Saturday morning to see me sprawled out on the sofa with a coat over me, sound asleep. She never moaned or made any pointed comments, when I look back how she stood it I will never know. In the past few years Joan would come to the caravan with us. She had complete charge of the TV remote, she knew every channel number by heart. She would watch vintage coronation street for hours in between naps and knitting. Joan never wished for money or materialistic objects, she was happy with her lot and never moaned. She loved her family and never forgot a birthday or special occasion. Especially Tim's.!!!! Joan was the salt of the earth, she came from a generation that has nearly vanished, which can only be a negative for all of us she has left. I am proud to be her son in law, we will all miss her so much but can be comforted by all the lovely memories she has left us with. Thank you Joan for being such a lovely part of my life. Goodnight and Godbless.xxxx