Jane Speers Read (28 May 1936 - 25 Oct 2020)

Funeral Service

Location
Bierton Crematorium Cane End Lane Bierton HP22 5BH
Date
13th Nov 2020
Time
12pm
Funeral Director
Heritage Funerals

In loving memory of Jane Speers Read who sadly passed away on 25th October 2020

Jane was born in Belfast in 1936 to Frank and May Beecroft. Moving with her family to live with her grandmother in Peckham at the age of 3 years old and then finally settling in their family home in Hornsey where she enjoyed being a part of a large family having seven brothers and seven sisters. 

Jane met Terry Read whilst working at Lyons, where he was an electrician and she made tea and coffee. They married in St Mary's Church in August 1954  which was the start of a long and happy marriage.  They completed their family having five children Tony, Graham, Nigel, Dawn and Sarah. Having lived in a number of different locations they finally settled in Dunstable.  Life was always very busy and full of fun and Jane enjoyed nothing more than being at the centre of her family, there was always a seat at her table for anyone. 

Jane was at the heart of her family, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend to many.  She enjoyed nothing more than being surrounded by her family. Always a very popular lady among her many friends . She will be sadly missed by all but fondly remembered.

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Tilly Martin wrote

Jean, my fashion icon. I will remember you immaculately dressed, with all your family around you, hanging on to your every word. You always made me feel welcome, loved and made sure I knew I was part of the family. You were strong, fiesty, funny and kind.
Last year my sister brought her baby to Maggie and Grahams at one of the parties, she was worried about him crying and you made her feel so at ease - I think that really sums you up.
I think life is measured by how much you love and how much you are loved, so your life really was lived to the fullest.
Sending all my love all The Read Family xx

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Victoria Read wrote

Jean, what a wonderful lady you were. So warm and welcoming and of course, one for always looking your best, even down to matching nails.
The love for everyone you had around you was so clear.
Thank you for brightening Jack's life and we are so thrilled you got to meet little Oliver.
We explained to Jzck that you were a star in the sky, shining bright and looking after us all, and every night we look for you before bed to say good night.
You will be missed by everyone but remembered so fondly xx

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Ava Keane wrote

Dear nan,

I love you so much. You were the centre of attention always and if not you would have something to say about it. Your cooking was amazing and I always looked forward to your special rice pudding. I loved when you pulled me aside and said something completely inappropriate and we would be in the corner giggling. There was never a dinner without laughter and full stomachs. Your strength and humour shines through all of us everyday. I miss you xxx

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  • Lovely message Ava. X

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Damian Nash wrote

We are all going to miss you now the washing will never be the same love you nan

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Elaine Bird wrote

How do you sum up Jean... Easy what a character!!! Full of life, always welcoming even though Dawnie was the hostest. We all had such good fun, playing cards after a fantastic dinner, Jean always won, well if she didnt the walking stick came out! Many wonderful memories I will have always but most of all the sheer pleasure of being part of Jean's life love always Elaine xx

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Melanie Purchese wrote

I never actually met Jean, my only connection was through my sons Miles and Ben, I had spoken to her on the phone, she was so lovely to me. I am so glad she was part of Miles and Bens life, they have so many lovely memories of her whilst growing up and visiting, she was like another grandparent to them.

Thank you Jean, for your lovely knitting for Miles daughter Maisie and for his son who is to be born in January, but mostly thank you to you, Terry Dawnie and the rest of the family for including Miles and Ben into your family, RIP you will be missed by everyone x

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Emma Nye wrote

Jean, as one of my best friends mum you were always so welcoming. I remember sitting at your kitchen table at Chiltern Road many years ago eating veg soup that you’d made for Terry. Not sure why I’d dropped in but generally you would always have something nice to offer if any of us did. I remember with great fondness the odd gathering where we would have a few and you would make us all laugh so much with your raucous humour. I’d not seen you so much in recent years, a brief hello after the girlies yearly break in Benidorm was the last, you had your usual cheery smile for us then. I’ll never forget that strength of character that you handed down to subsequent generations, so admirable. You will be greatly missed xxx

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Sandra and family Bardwell wrote

Nothing will be the same again. You had a big heart with room for everyone in it. We will never ever forget you. Sleep tight aunt Jean loved you 💞

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Graham Read wrote

Hello Mum, it's strange writing to you, instead of talking face to face. It's been a week since I last saw you, and it's been one of the longest weeks I can remember. I'm not going to go on saying how much I love you, as you know I do. Never going to call anyone Mum again, because there was only ever you. As kids we were fortunate to have some lovely holidays, all because of the hard work that you did for us. You were a hard person, if we did anything wrong you came down on us like a ton of bricks. This shaped us into the people we are today. We have inherited your strong work ethic, and passed it on to your grandchildren, who will pass it on to your great grandchildren. You have left a fantastic family behind, all of whom felt your love, and sometimes your walking stick. I miss our talks and jokes on the phone, finding out how much you'd cheated at bingo and won every week. I can just hear you saying how the girls at the club were always saying why's it always her winning. It's a couple of weeks till we say our final goodbyes, it's going to be a very hard day. You are always in our thoughts, if there is an afterlife then I will be searching for you. Love you Mum.

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  • Lovely message Dad! What I would give to speak to her one last time. If there’s an after life, you won’t need to search for her, she will find you xxx

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Alexandra Read wrote

My funny, caring, strong Nan. I always looked up to you growing up. Your strength was always something I wanted to possess when I was older. I remember you cooking for so many of us, you would set the table beautifully and you were never phased with extra mouths to feed. The more the merrier. I was proud to show you off to my friends. You told hilarious stories and we were all in awe of you. I saw you today and you looked peaceful. I felt you there as I told you what you mean to me. I hope you always knew what you were to me. My hero and Queen. I love you always.

Alex xxx

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Any Read wrote

I'm going to miss the stories you used to tell me and when you used to buy something and wave it at grandad fly high nan gone but not forgotten

Love you always
Amy and Logan

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Sarah Nash wrote

Mum remembering when you hit me when I got run over trick or treating when you said I couldn't go. You were such a good mum and nan to my boys, it's been nice spending more time with you this past year and I'm going to miss you. Love you lots love Sarah xx

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Nigel Read wrote

Those we love don't go away they walk beside us every day unseen unheard but always near LOVE YOU MUM xxx

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Ben Purchese wrote

I’m so sorry to for your loss, Jean was an amazing lady and I’m so glad she was part of my life growing up. Sending all my love and thoughts to everyone.
Love Ben

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Miles Purchese wrote

I’m so saddened to hear of you loss Dawn, Nigel, Graham, been thinking of you all in this difficult time, Jean was a lovely lady that me and Ben where so happy to have as a part of our lives growing up, sending all my love to you all

Love Miles

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