Joan Mary Welburn
During the 24 years on her own, she not only kept up the world of self sufficiency but also returned to painting and enjoyed much, the art lessons at the local secondary school. When unfortunately, the teacher became seriously ill with rheumatoid arthritis, Joan struck up quite a relationship with the lady, Penny, and was of some help to her ferrying her about to hospital appointments and so on.
Although living the life of a recluse, she always became
committed to helping people out when the circumstance demanded and when she saw
clearly what the need was. Her friend, Jean, in Featherstone on many
occasions had reason to call on her and Joan did much to help sort things
out when she died. When in London during the time of serious difficulties
with illness in our family, she was relied on then to look after the
youngsters and ferry about in the car. Dealing with difficulties and
handling emergencies was a major strength.