I’m sorry to report that Joan Wickens, of Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, died on March 5 2013 at the grand old age of 92. She packed a lot into those years; she served with the WRENS in WWII, during which she met her husband. After the war, he worked for the Foreign Office, and the family spent many years in weird and wonderful locations all over the world, and Joan coped with it all.
She was always an expert needlewoman, making clothes for herself and her children, and did exquisite embroidery, later becoming a member of the Embroiderer’s Guild when she lived in Watford.
She left many friends there when she moved to the Isle of Wight in 1999, and finding patchwork easier due to deteriorating eyesight, joined both Vectis Quilters and West Wight Quilters in January 2000. I saw her every Friday morning for the past 13 years and can testify to her many and beautiful quilts made for family and friends; having family links in both the USA and Japan, her most recent quilts were a beautiful, hand-appliqued Baltimore quilt, and numerous stunning quilts in Japanese fabrics.
She sewed until very shortly before her death, and was present for coffee, cake and gossip right up to the end; Joan was a funny, feisty lady who will be much missed by many friends on the Island and further afield.