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In loving memory of Joy Sewell who sadly passed away on 30th June 2020
(Please note: Due to COVID-19, Joy's funeral will be a private, family gathering of only 15 people. It will however, be available to watch as a live stream. Details to follow.)
Joy was born in Peterborough in 1938, to Salvation Army officers Ruby and David Macmillan, and spent the first 17 years of her life moving towns every 2/3 years.
When she was 17, she started pre-nurse training at Felixtowe, transferring to the London Hospital aged 18 to start her SRN training. Whilst there, she attended Regent Hall Salvation Army, which is where she met David Sewell, and the rest, as they say, is history.
In 1960, Joy and Dave got married and they settled in Anerley in south London where they still lived, as and also continued to attend Regent Hall.
Joy and Dave were blessed 1963 and 1964 with the arrival of Debs and Clare respectively. As the children grew, family holidays became an annual part of life, with many trips to Spain and Italy over the years, often with extended family and friends joining them.
In due course, their children, Debs and Clare married and not too long after, Joy and Dave were further blessed with the arrival of 4 grandchildren. It’s hard to overstate just what the grandchildren meant to Joy and Dave, with Joy forever taking their part! They could do no wrong.
Joy liked to sing, and had a song ready for all occasions, much to the enormous pleasure of her grandchildren who would join in enthusiastically - even once they’d grown to young adults!
After seeing her own children off to secondary school, Joy returned to nursing, working at Bromley Hospital then Princess Royal on the day surgery units. She was very proud to have laid a ceremonial foundation stone at the new day surgery unit at Princess Royal. She finally left aged 74.
Joy was a tireless supporter of Dave, Debs and Clare and their families, never grumbling, instead just being unfailingly cheerful. She was always a wonderful presence in the lives of her family and her many friends and was a supportive, kind and funny, a confidante and a wise counsellor through the hard or sad times.
Her faith remained strong throughout her life, and was lived out in the care she demonstrated to everyone she came into contact with.