Vanessa Helen Clemens (17 Nov 1955 - 14 Aug 2019)

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Location
Garden of England Crematorium Sheppey Way Sittingbourne ME9 8GZ
Date
30th Aug 2019
Time
9am
Funeral Director
Bournes Of Sittingbourne

In loving memory of Vanessa Helen Clemens who sadly passed away on 14th August 2019

Philip Clemens wrote

Another year gone by. Remember what we used to say to each other: ‘How much do you love me?’ and our response to each other never changed in 45 years: ‘With all my heart and soul’. Miss you so much my Nessa xxx Your P xxx

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Philip Clemens wrote

I love you so much my darling. Always in my heart and thoughts on this special day for the children, grandchildren and myself. Love you my Nessa - your P always xxx❤️

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Lucy Clemens wrote

Miss you Mum. Everleys getting so big now, nearly 1, George is 6 tomorrow and Jacob turned big 8. We talk about you all the time and I tell them how proud you are of them. Love you xxx

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Philip Clemens wrote

From us all on your 65th birthday my darling. We love and miss you so much. I love you xxx

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Philip Clemens wrote

With all my love on our wedding anniversary my darling. I love you xxx

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Philip Clemens wrote

My darling Nessa. A year gone by and the silence of your absence is everywhere. There was so much more for us to do together in those years that we thought we would share. Always in my heart and mind, I love you so much. Your ever loving husband P xxx

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When times were very much less complicated. All my love darling on Mothers’ Day. Your P xxx

When times were very much less complicated. All my love darling on Mothers’ Day. Your P xxx

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Philip Clemens wrote

To my darling Nessa on your birthday. I love and miss you so very much. Your ever loving husband P. XXX

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Philip Clemens wrote

Grateful thanks to Vanessa’s auntie Daphne and cousin Wayne for their kind donation of £20.

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Rachel Williams wrote

In loving memory of our dear friend.

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Rachel Williams wrote

Love you forever, Vanessa.

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Rachel Williams wrote

I count myself wealthy because you were my friend, Vanessa. More than that, all your qualities and quirks came to BE England for me the year I spent working there.

Vanessa and Phil were “assigned” by my UK counterpart to look after me and my husband when we spent a year living across the lane from them. Not only were Vanessa and Phil extraordinary at helping us to integrate into life in England and not feel too isolated, they became valued lifelong friends and confidants. Though Vanessa and I are very different people, we “clicked” from the beginning-- having in common the most important things-- like valuing human decency, compassion, integrity, authenticity, humour, family, friendship and fun.

Few people I know live life as fully as you did, Vanessa, with your endless energy and playful wit and true-hearted loyalty to those you loved. As I call you to mind, I hear your infectious laugh and see the sparkle of fun and mischief in your eyes; I see the passionate lifeforce you exuded. Vanessa, you were kind to people-- not in that silly, girly, pushover way – but in honest and practical ways: you had the capacity to think about another person and figure out ways to help; you were not stingy or fake in the giving of yourself.

I’m not sure if I can explain what I mean when I say you came to be England for me, Vanessa. That year I spent teaching in Maidstone was a difficult one for me, and not many people at my school reached out to me in friendship. Yet, from the first day I arrived in Sheppey (and you and Phil took us to Tesco) right through today, I have loved England. Much of that I attribute to you. You effortlessly transformed me from an outsider looking in, generously taking me into your life and circle, willingly and amusingly translating British culture for me. We took numerous walks and day trips (and even a week-long one!). We talked about politics and history and language and art and food and family and housework and colour and just anything we felt like, big or small.

There are literary and historical lovers whose names everyone knows: Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Beatrice and Dante. To my husband and me, Phil and Vanessa’s love was of that legendary caliber. They were romantic: I can picture them now, strolling in front of us, holding hands like teenagers on our way home from the local pub, their love never growing tired or predictable. They were complementary: they fit together like puzzle pieces and respected unquestioningly the qualities and interests each brought into the relationship. The love and admiration and support they had for one another showed in their every move and word and look. When Phil told me the grandkids merged their names into one, I was not surprised. They are such a solid unit.

Our hearts are broken at the news of Vanessa’s death. We are immeasurably grateful for the time we had with her – and all the intervening years of felt-friendship, even when we did not see her. Hard to say farewell to one so vibrant, so beautiful and so true as our Vanessa.

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Adrian Dunmore donated in memory of Vanessa

Auntie Vanessa always remember you with a smile on your face.

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Philip Clemens posted a picture
2012 - Vanessa in her favourite place - North Yorkshire. Four weeks gone now but seems like four minutes. All my love P.

2012 - Vanessa in her favourite place - North Yorkshire. Four weeks gone now but seems like four minutes. All my love P.

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Mum and little Tina  xx

Mum and little Tina xx

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Arron Jones wrote

Whenever Tina and me stayed, Breakfast was there when we woke up, lunch was arranged before we’d finished breakfast and dinner was set up before lunch was even finished. It’s taken me time to put the words down, but I really just want to say Thank you. For looking after me like a mother and being an amazing Nana to Benjamin. You are greatly missed and won’t be forgotten. All my love, Arron x

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Dave Skinner donated in memory of Vanessa

In memory of our beautiful daughter and sister. You will be missed so very much. Rest in peace. Mum, Dad, David and Terry

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Valerie Dunmore donated £20 in memory of Vanessa
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Denise (cookie) Robertson wrote

RIP Vanessa
we had some great memories at lilliput and I'll remember your laughter and warm smile forever xx

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Frances Palmer wrote

I have some lovely memories of us working together, you will be sadly missed

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Ria Stevens donated in memory of Vanessa

RIP VANESSA. Was a pleasure to have had the chance to work with such an inspiring lady. You will be greatly missed.

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Ria Stevens wrote

RIP Vanessa, you was a pleasure to work with.

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Victoria French donated £10 in memory of Vanessa

Vanessa was a unique lady and definitely made her mark on this world and will not be forgotten. She was a joy to work with and will be missed.

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Angela Clemens donated in memory of Vanessa
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What a lovely lady ness was she will be missed by many people but will always be with us in the memories that live on xx 😢💐

What a lovely lady ness was she will be missed by many people but will always be with us in the memories that live on xx 😢💐

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