Colour­ful farewell for ‘won­der­ful wife’

Gloucestershire Echo - - SCANNER APPEAL -

FORMER Nailsworth coun­cil­lor and town mayor Jenny Evans left spe­cific in­struc­tions that her fu­neral should be ‘full of light and colour.’

The wife of Nailsworth town crier Tony Evans has died aged 77 after a long bat­tle with can­cer.

Tony said: “She wrote three let­ters more than 20 years ago when she was first di­ag­nosed. One for me and one for each of our sons, John and Lor­rin.

“The let­ters have been locked away in the safe with her will and sadly the time came to read them.”

Jenny was adamant there should be no black worn at her fu­neral, which will take place on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14 at St Ge­orge’s Church, Nailsworth at 1.30pm.

“She loved flow­ers and she loved colour,” said Tony.

Jenny lived to see the dis­play of pop­pies on the town’s clock tower – a project she had been in­volved in for the past few years.

“This year it was her idea to add the Lest We For­get words carved out of wood,” said Tony.

“Al­though she was too ill to go and see the dis­play this year, we took pic­tures for her and she was ab­so­lutely thrilled with the re­sult.”

Tony met Jenny when she was just 14 and they were liv­ing in Bris­tol.

“From that first meet­ing at a youth club we saw each other ev­ery day. The long­est we have been apart in 63 years was for just five days when she was too ill to ac­com­pany me on a town crier trip,” says Tony.

Over the years they trav­elled the world to town crier events and Jenny made their cos­tumes.

“She was once voted the best dressed con­sort at one of the events we at­tended,” says Tony.

As mayor for two terms from 19911993 and 1995-1997, Jenny was of­ten at the heart of many of the town’s events.

She and Tony moved to a bun­ga­low in Minch­in­hamp­ton 15 years ago but her in­ter­est in Nailsworth never waned.

Un­til re­cently she or­gan­ised the rota for the flow­ers at St Ge­orge’s Church which she had done for many years.

Jenny and Tony orig­i­nally moved from Bris­tol to take over the former, King’s Arms at Brim­scombe.

Jenny later be­came head cook at Am­ber­ley Ridge School and a phar­macy as­sis­tant at Wells Phar­macy.

A spokesman for Nailsworth Town Coun­cil said: “Jenny con­trib­uted a huge amount to our town and will be missed greatly.”

Former Nailsworth neigh­bour Mar­garet Mar­shall re­mem­bers Jenny as a ‘lovely, gen­tle, kind per­son who was ex­tremely com­mu­nity minded.’

Tony says they never went to sleep on a row which he cred­its to the suc­cess of their long mar­riage.

“She was a won­der­ful wife and very lov­ing. She was the love of my life and I miss her so very much,” says Tony.

The ser­vice will be fol­lowed by a pri­vate fam­ily burial at Hors­ley. Do­na­tions can be made in Jenny’s mem­ory to Long­field Hos­pice.

The long­est we have been apart in 63 years was for just five days

Tony Evans

Jenny Evans with her hus­band Tony Evans

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