Aunt Joan & Uncle Henry

Last night I was googling names of family in England, and learned that my Great Aunt Joan passed away in May of 2009. And that her husband Henry passed away sometime during the holidays, and his funeral was held today.  I wasn’t as close to that side of the family as I would have liked- My grandma Riggs (on my moms side) was a WWII war bride, so she left all of her family back in England to start a new life here. Which means, for the most part, we never really got to know her side of the family. She was one of thirteen children, so she left behind a pretty large family. However, after two of her siblings, Aunt Joan and Aunt Dawn along with their husbands Henry and Phillip and a niece Carol and her husband Steve came to the states for a visit in 1987, I decided to take a trip to England to meet the rest my grandmas family. While I was there, I got to spend a couple of weeks with Aunt Joan and Uncle Henry, and I have to tell you they were both quite amazing people.

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I think back to my time spent with them, and I have dozens of stories, but I can’t quite seem to put any of them down in words. The main thing- They will be missed.

In November 2008, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

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Joan Jolliffe

Jolliffe Joan of New Road, Exning, passed suddenly but peacefully away at her home with her husband by her side, on Friday May 15, 2009 aged 84 years. A dearly loved mother of Carol, and a much loved nanny to Jack, Alex, Sam and Max, a dear sister and constant companion to Dawn.Funeral service at West Suffolk Crematorium Friday May 22 at 9am. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the Sick Childrens Trust, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, c/o Southgate of Newmarket, Funeral Directors 25 Duchess Drive, Newmarket CB8 8AG

Henry Lawson Jolliffe

Jolliffe HENRY LAWSON of Exning passed away
suddenly at his home aged 85 years. Beloved husband to the late Joan, brother to Mary and a much loved dad of Carol, a dear grandad to Jack, Alex, Sam and Max, father in law to Steve and brother in law to Dawn. He will be sadly missed by all his many family and friends. Funeral service to be held at the West suffolk Crematorium Bury St. Edmunds on Tuesday 5th January 2010 at 12 midday. Family flowers only please but donations if desired may be made payable to the British Red Cross, c/o Southgate of Newmarket Funeral Directors, 25, Duchess Drive, Newmarket CB8 8AG.

The obituaries are from the Newmarket Journal in Newmarket, England

2 Responses to “Aunt Joan & Uncle Henry”


  • How sad to lose a beloved couple in one year. I have noticed that people with long term marriages seem to follow each other closely. My sympathies to you and your family.

  • Hope you don’t mind I took the pics and am going to print them out. All of mine were left behind when I came to stay with you. Thanks for the memories hon. Love ya all

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