Joan Winspear

I first met Marina and her family through Abbey Street Methodist Church in Dublin, Eire. We also attended the same Wesley Methodist College.

Marina visited our home many times and always came up the stairs to say goodnight to me, tuck me in and talk a while. Her words to me stuck with me “Joan, you’re a nice girl, you wouldn’t lead a boy ‘up the garden path’ would you. Marina was only 4 years older than me and I was about 14 at the time.

I think maybe Mum and Dad had mentioned the many boys who took me out!

I later visited Marina and family in Kent when I was engaged to be married and they were so hospitable and welcoming – always were.

It was a shock to hear about her passing, but we have kept in touch and she has helped me with books and papers, and spoken on phone too.

Thankyou Marina. You will stay with me always.

Joan Winspear