Obituaries, May 16th 2012

MRS. J. ANDREWS

SWANSEA

Joyce Andrews (formerly Joyce Phillips of St. Davids) passed away suddenly on April 19th at Morriston Hospital, Swansea.

Joyce ("Mam" to her children) was a very special and lovely lady – a loving mother, mother-in- law, grandma, great grandma and wife.

Joyce was born in May, 1931. Her parents were William and Sarah Morse and she was the youngest of five sisters and family roots have been traced back to the late 1600’s.

Her childhood home was Parcreithan where she spent many happy hours growing up, playing and being thoroughly spoilt by her four older sisters – Eva, Grace, Nesta and Ruth.

As a teenager Joyce moved with her family to Penygors on the perimeter of Brawdy Aerodrome. She would tell us in later years of listening and watching, with some trepidation, as the fighter bombers took off during the Second World War heavily laden with fuel and bombs "They always seemed to be so massive, noisy and so close to hitting surrounding hedges and buildings" she said.

Upon leaving school at the age of 14, she trained as a hairdresser at the "Elite" salon in Haverfordwest, which was a quite unusual occurrence as few young women ever learned a profession in those days. Joyce continued this occupation until the 1970’s.

Joyce met her husband Cecil, in 1948 whilst he was serving the last few months of his time in the RAF having spent the war years on active service in North Africa, Egypt, Libya, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

They married in 1949 and made their first home at Nant-y-Felin, St Davids, before moving to Heol Dewi where they spent most of their married life.

Over a period of years her life was greatly enriched by the birth and nurturing of seven children Jim, Peter, Audrey, Owen, Alice, Elizabeth and Wynne.

As the children grew up and matured there were many gloriously happy times and events, birthdays, Christmas, family outings and holidays, weddings and eventually some 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren in all, and more now on the way.

Eventually as the children moved on with their own lives, Joyce and Cecil started to relax a little and enjoy a slightly slower lifestyle. This included many holidays together, sometimes at their favourite Weston Super Mare, and at other times with some of their children now living in different parts of the country and Europe. Both worked until their late 60’s and always made everyone welcome at their home "number 38", which was rather like the "Tardis" of Dr Who fame because it just seemed to stretch and stretch to accommodate ever growing families as they returned for visits and holidays.

They eventually departed from their Heol Dewi home of many years and went to live in a lovely bungalow in Bryn Teg, a quiet part of St. Davids and where Joyce was then to engage more in another of her hobbies gardening.

Despite failing health over a number of years no one ever heard Joyce complain or use it as an excuse for not getting on with life. She was a very positive person with a strong resolve and faith which helped her through the many ups and downs so often encountered in life, not least of which included the death of Cecil in 2001, the tragic loss of grandson Lee in 2004 and the so saddening passing of Peter just before last Christmas.

Joyce’s last years were spent in Sketty, Swansea, where she moved after having met and married Tom and where they shared together their various mutual interests, some exotic holidays and a beautiful home until her recent sad departure.

It was also at this late stage of her life that Joyce acquired her internet skills and spent many happy hours "surfing" and corresponding on "Facebook".

Following a funeral service in Swansea, Joyce’s ashes were scattered at Whitesands, St. Davids.

Mrs Kathleen May Doncaster

Haverfordwest

The funeral took place on April 14th of Mrs Kathleen May Doncaster (Kath) who suddenly passed away on April 5th at her home in Tanbank, Haverfordwest aged 77 years.

Kath was born in Scotton, North Yorkshire and was the second oldest of four daughters of the late Mr Michael and Mrs May Elizabeth Fitzgerald of Neyland. Kath was married to the late Freddie Doncaster for 49 years until his passing away in 2002. In the early sixties the family moved to Tiers Cross where they lived for ten years before moving to Treffgarne to build their family home Oaklands. During Kath's career she worked at Tesco's, Victoria Wine, and finally the company secretary at the family's business Famweld and only retired when Freddie sadly passed away. Kath will be sadly missed by her three sons Nigel, Michael and Andy, Lisa (Andy's partner), grandchildren Matthew, Gemma, Lee, Darren and Craig, great grandchildren Bethan and Morgan and sisters Nora and Pat together with other members of the family and friends too numerous to mention.

A requiem mass was held at St David's and St Patrick's Catholic Church, Haverfordwest, conducted by Father John Patrick Thomas followed by a service at Parc Gwyn which was conducted by Rev Martyn Evans.

The bearers were Kath's three sons Brian Laugharne (nephew) Matthew Doncaster (grandson), Lee Doncaster (grandson), Tony Huddleston (nephew) and Julian Henton (family friend) Flowers were immediate family only with donations may be made payable by cheque to "Sandville" and sent to c/o Mr A Huddleston, 16 Pelcomb Villas, Pelcomb, Haverfordwest, SA62 6AA.

Kath and Freddie have finally been reunited and laid to rest at City Road Cemetery, Haverfordwest.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Roy Folland and son, Haverfordwest.

Mr Ken Lewis

St Ishmaels (formerly of Marloes)

Mr Ken Lewis died peacefully at his home in St Ishmaels on April 22nd after a long illness that was borne bravely.

He started his working life on local farms, progressing to metal industries throughout Britain and the continent.

He had many interests the main one being his family.

After retiring in 2001 he moved to Germany to be near his son and grandchildren only returning to St Ishmaels in July 2011.

The service was officiated by Rev Paul Bartlett at Aenon Baptist Church, Sandy Hill. Ken’s sister Mollie read an interpretation of the 23rd Psalm. Internment followed at St Ishmaels Cemetery.

The family left to mourn are Marlene (wife); Mark and Sean (sons); Mark and Tatjana (grandchildren); Margaret, Olva, Mollie and Steve (sisters and brother-in-law); Gary and Ros (brother-in-law and wife), and many other family and friends.

Unable to attend were Sean (son), Tatjana (granddaughter), aunty Edie and aunty Glenys.

There were family flowers only with donations for Cancer Research to Mrs Diane Flynn, 16 Burgage Green Road, St Ishmaels, Haverfordwest SA62 3ST.

The bearers were Gary Rhead, Jerry Hough, Norman Cockburn and George Bowen.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Tom Newing and Sons, Milford Haven.

Mrs Lily May Lloyd

Dale

The death occurred at Withybush Hospital of Mrs Lily May Lloyd of Meadow Vale, Dale on April 13th. She was 78.

Born and bred in Dale, she worked at Kensington Hospital, St Brides, then became a housewife and mother to daughter Julie and in later years worked at Dale Castle.

She was a devoted grandparent to Thomas and Bethan, involved in many groups and activities within the village including the Women’s Institute, Mothers Union, Welcome Club, History group and whist at St Ishmaels. Also she was a member of the Church Perocial Council, St James Church, Dale.

She was predeceased by her husband Gordon Lloyd in 1989.

The family left to mourn and principal mourners were Julie and Peter Sturley (daughter and son-in-law); Thomas Sturley (grandson); Bethan Sturley (granddaughter); Muriel Havard (sister), plus nieces, nephews, many close relatives and dear friends.

The funeral service was held at St James Church, Dale followed by internment at St Mary’s Church, Talbenny and was officiated by Rev Captain David Evans, CA.

The bearers were Anthony Ramsey, Peter Dando, Colin Harrison and Karl Wonnacott.

There were family flowers only with donations in lieu to St James Church, Dale c/o Mr B Bevan, 51 Blue Anchor Way, Dale.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Tom Newing and Sons Ltd, Milford Haven.

Mrs Sylvia Mary Woolley

Kilgetty

The funeral took place recently of Mrs Sylvia Mary Woolley, of Newton Terrace, Kilgetty on April 14th. She was 69.

She passed away at Withybush Hospital after a stay of four weeks.

Originally from Kilgetty she worked in hotels in Tenby before becoming a mother full time.

Her main interests included playing bingo, listening to music, watching snooker and rugby on television.

The family left to mourn and principal mourners are Tom (husband); Raymond and Mandy (son and daughter); Sian and Arian (grandchildren); Eileen, May and Ann (sisters).

The service was held at St Marys Church, Begelly and was officiated by Rev Sarah Geach.

The bearers were Paul Hay, Mathew Dick, Graham Thomas and Stewart Treharne.

There were family flowers only with donations if so desired for Ward 12, Withybush Hospital c/o E C Thomas and son, Funeral Directors, ‘Archways’ Green Plains, Stepaside SA67 8LT who also carried out the funeral arrangements.

Mrs Kathleen Mary Corby

Haverfordwest

The death occurred of Mrs Kathleen Mary Corby of Mill Bank, Haverfordwest on April 30th at Withybush Hospital.

Originally from Narberth Bridge, she started her working life in London where she met and married John Corby.

They then moved with the family to New Inn, Carmarthenshire where they ran the ‘Blossom Lodge’ pub and garage.

Prior to emigrating to Australia in 1968 they set up the family business ‘Corby Tyres and Sons’ in Haverfordwest.

After a short period in Australia the family returned to Haverfordwest to resume the family business.

At weekend they would spend their time in Broad Haven and this is where they retired until John’s death in 2007, when she returned to live in Haverfordwest.

The final period of her life was spent at Ridgeway Nursing Home, Llawhaden.

The family left to mourn and principal mourners are Jonathan (son); Gary and Jackie (son and daughter-in-law); Matthew and Boo (son and daughter-in-law); Mark and Kate (grandson and partner); Joanne and Jim (granddaughter and husband); Luke (grandson); Will (great grandson).

The service was held at Parc Gwyn Crematorium and was officiated by Mr Huw George.

There were family flowers only with donations in lieu if desired for Ward 12 Withybush Hospital which may be sent to Mr Andrew Rees, F G Rees and Son, Portfield Gate, Haverfordwest SA61 3LS, who also carried out the funeral arrangements.

Mr David John (Jack) Parker

Fishguard

The death occurred at Glangwili Hospital on April 25th.

The family left to mourn are David and Jane (son and daughter-in-law); Janet (daughter); Carolyn and Martin (daughter and son-in-law); Gillian (daughter); Glenys (partner); Gareth and Kath, Robert and Jo, Craig, Lucia and Jake (grandchildren and partners), plus other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

The bearers were the grandchildren.

Unable to attend were Betti, Beryl (sisters), Andrea and Gareth (grandaughter and husband), Ian White, Gwilym & Elfair.

The service was held at the Chapel of Rest, Fishguard followed by cremation at Parc Gwyn, Narberth on May 3rd. The funeral was officiated by the Rev. Terry Broadhurst, also present was Rev. Martin Spain.

There were family flowers only with donations if desired for the Paul Sartori Foundation c/o Paul Jenkins and Sons Funeral Directors, Feidr Castell, Fishguard, SA65 9BB.

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