Thursday, 18 April 2019

Goodbye Joyce

This is the day we say goodbye to Joyce. I have been to the church this morning, and met the family there. The service is later which I will not be attending due to previous arrangements elsewhere.

The family were kind enough to give me Joyce's poodle ornament, which stood on the hearth in her lounge. It's only right that it should sit proudly with the flowers at the church. Joyce owned seven poodles during her 92 years, her favourite breed. I will call this one Bailey poodle, the real one is happily in his new home with the family in Nottinghamshire. After the service this Bailey will sit on my hearth in my lounge.

Some of Joyce's silk flowers were also given to me, I have made the arrangement in the red vase.

Joyce was a very much loved member of the community here. Every time I walked Bailey people always asked how she was, because she was not seen very much out and about.

We had many conversations over a coffee in her kitchen, what struck me was that she was always thinking about other people. Everyone she knew got a Christmas card and Birthday card. She could recall family events from years ago, it was obvious that she was immensely proud of them.

Rest in Peace dear Joyce.


  1. My condolences to you and your community and Bailey poodle on the loss of Joyce. It looks like her family and community are set to give her a lovely send off. Wishing you a good day.

  2. Very sorry for the loss of your friend. I think having the poodle ornament front and centre at the church is a wonderful idea and makes it all more personal.

  3. Sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Ilona. She sounds a wonderful lady.

  4. What a kind and lovely remembrance, Ilona. I can tell you are sad and miss her from your words. However what a wonderful friendship to have had and treasure. Some people never experience that at all. Take care of yourself during this sad time. xxx

  5. She sounds like a lovely lady and a pleasure to have known her.

  6. Condolences on the loss of your friend.

  7. It sounds like she was a lovely lady who will be sadly missed.And what lovely memories she has left behind for you all.xx


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