The funeral has taken place of Jean Stevens, of Penryn, formerly of Perranwell, who died at home on April 27, aged 77.

The Rev Robbie Bowen conducted the service of thanksgiving at Penryn Methodist Church, which followed the committal at Penmount Crematorium on May 13.

Jean was born in 1938, the youngest daughter to Mary and Joseph Smitheram, her birth completing their family which consisted of Betty and Dennis. Her father, Joe, notoriously had a bad memory and on registering the birth as Sheila Jean, returned to his wife Mary, to discover she had wanted the names Shirley Jean. From that day on, it was decided to use her middle name Jean, and this was how she was referred to by friends, family and work colleagues.

When Jean was still a baby, the family moved from Perranwell to Devoran, which is where she grew up. It was there that she became lifelong friends with Rene Hammett.

When Jean was 12, Joe decided to buy a smallholding and the family moved to Threemilestone. Jean soon settled into this lifestyle and bought day old chicks from the market and would raise them until they were big enough to sell on for a healthy profit.

Jean left school at the age of 15 and started work in a knitting factory. It was at this time that Jean was invited, by Rene, to stay with her for the weekend to attend the Devoran Carnival. It was at this carnival that she met Peter, who was playing bugle for the Army Cadets. This was the start of their life together, spanning a magnificent 62 years and they married on Christmas Eve, 1957 at Greenbottom Chapel.

In 1958, Jean moved to Penryn with her parents, while Peter went to Paris to undertake National Service. At this time, Jean started working for Woolworths. On completion of his service with the army, Jean and Peter had their first daughter Donna and shortly after moved into their first and only home in Kernick Road. This was where their second daughter, Joanna, was born.

Jean had a busy life, caring for her husband and two children but once the youngest child started senior school, she decided to go back to work. She became a home help and home carer and was a very conscientious and loyal employee for 28 years.

Jean also had many hobbies, mainly music, having learnt to play piano while living in Devoran. She was also in Daniel Road Girl's School Choir and the Greenbottom Chapel Choir. In later years, she joined Pen Meth Singers and was also a member of the choir at Penryn Methodist Church, where she regularly attended and was a popular member of the church family. Other hobbies included sewing, knitting, baking, gardening and helping Peter with DIY. She also attended evening classes in pottery, dressmaking and tailoring at Penryn School.

In retirement Jean and Peter had several long holidays together, their favourite holiday being a tour right across Canada. The highlight ended in Vancouver where Jean’s relatives had emigrated and settled. In April 2016, Jean's final wish to have a train journey across Scotland became a reality. On this tour she made several new friends, receiving 24 postcards from her fellow travellers on her return home.

Friendship is something that Jean would embrace throughout her lifetime. She was a people person and was always happy to make small talk. Jean always saw the good in people, and always greeted people with a smiley “Hello” and her attitude brought her many endearing friendships. She loved to chat to the neighbours and gave neighbouring children small gifts and a card on their birthdays and at Christmastime. She looked out for the elderly, ill, sad or lonely, ensuring that they were okay, helping out if she could. Visitors always experienced a warm welcome.

She cared enormously for her family and their well being and shortly after her retirement, she moved to Hampshire to take care of her grandchildren, Gareth and Jonny, for several months due to her son-in-law, Clive's illness. Five years later she took care of Joanna and her family, during her time of illness.

Her sense of humour was experienced by all that knew her. You would often find yourself in stitches of laughter, by a simple remark or gesture, Jean would always find the funny side of things to make you laugh and smile.

We all have fond memories of Jean, and it has become hugely apparent, since her passing, just how much she was thought of. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.