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Jean Pidden

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Jean was born in Cromer, Norfolk in 1926 and her love of the sea and
her lifelong support for the RNLI came from having grown up there with her Grandmother and extended family. She could remember the famous Henry Blogg, coxswain at Cromer from her childhood.

During the second world war she joined the Land Army and left home for the first time to be stationed in Somerset in a draughty old farmhouse with ten other girls. During the day the work was hard and she was taught to drive a tractor and to plough and harvest the crops, but there was a busy social life in the evenings which revolved around dances with the spitfire pilots from the local airbase and visiting
'Yanks'. Her next posting saw her stationed in Dorchester where she
was close to her parents who were by now living in Blandford Forum in
Dorset. She was very proud to receive a medal in recognition of her wartime service from the government in 2008.

During her life she lived in towns in both Norfolk and Dorset at
different times. but settled in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire in the 1950s.

She had a long career in fashion retail throughout her life, having started straight from school as an apprentice at the age of 15. She ended her career as a department manager at the Co-op department store in Hemel Hempstead town centre.

Jean was a very loving mother to Jayne and her greatest joy in later life was her two grandchildren Ellis and Lucas to whom she was always known as Grandma Jeannie. She was very much a doting Grandma whose home was always full of photographs of the children. They helped to keep her young and her disco dancing and ten pin bowling sessions on the Nintendo Wii are legendary. She was up for anything and there was always a lot of fun and laughter when Grandma came to North Yorkshire to visit.

Living alone and with limited mobility Jean relied heavily on the
support of her close neighbours and friends and the help of her
dedicated carers to remain in her own home. She remained as 'bright as a button', completing the newspaper crossword each day and enjoyed watching her favourite television quiz shows and was an avid armchair sports fan.

Jean was always so full of fun, laughing and joking despite the
constant pain from her arthritis. She was very much loved and is missed by all those who knew her.

Added by: Jayne Owen on 9 October 2011.

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