The funeral of Edith Jean Jordan, known to her friends and family as Jean, was held at Falmouth's Emmanuel Baptist Church on September 15. The service was conducted by the Rev Charles Blizzard.

Aged 83, Jean died at Longview Care Home, Goonhavern, where she had lived for the past two-and-a-half years. Before that she lived at Trelissick Road, in Falmouth, where she and her husband Jack, who she met when he was home on leave from the Royal Navy, moved to following their marriage in 1953.

The eldest of three sisters, she was born in Hayle in April 1934 to Charles and Lily Rule. She attended Bodriggy School, Hayle, but in 1942 she and her sisters moved to Scotland and she went to school in Edinburgh. She returned to Hayle in 1943, but then spent a further spell in Scotland before the family returned to Cornwall in 1946 and set up home in Penzance.

A year later, Jean and her sisters, Lorraine and Annette, moved to Falmouth and continued their education at the then brand new Quarry School which stood on land that is now Quarry car park.

As head prefect and a keen netball player Jean enjoyed her time at Quarry School. Several years ago she organised a reunion of its former pupils at Falmouth Rugby Club, and the well-attended event rekindled happy memories for many of them.

As a teenager, she loved dancing and listening to music and that love of music remained with her throughout her life.

On leaving school, she began her working life as a sales assistant for Newell’s Grocery Store, which was in premises opposite St Mary’s Church in Killigrew Street. She was a much valued and trusted employee and was often left in charge of the store by its owner, Mr Warren Newell, whose son went on to establish the Newell’s Travel Agency business.

Later, Jean worked at Tonkins Bakehouse, also situated in Killigrew Street, and then spent some time working in the town’s Woolworth branch.

After her son Paul was born in 1954, she worked as a waitress in several local hotels and cafes, including The Lancastria, The Cresta and the Rosslyn Hotel.

Jean eventually settled into work at Central Kitchens, in Trescobeas Road, Falmouth, where she was part of a team of ladies who prepared hundreds of school meals each day. She spent 26 years in the school meals service, working also at Beacon School, providing cover in outlying village schools and eventually becoming the cook at Mabe School. She retired, aged 61.

After Jack died in 1986 Jean continued to spend a lot of time in the company of her son Paul, daughter-in-law Julia and grandson Shaun.

She enjoyed several foreign holidays and loved walking locally, usually with her sister Lorraine.

The marriage of Shaun to Jen and the arrival of her two great grandsons, Dylan and Connor, was a source of great pride and joy for her.

Unfortunately, Jean was diagnosed with dementia in 2009. She attended Falmouth's AgeUK Centre daily until becoming a resident of Longview Care Home where she died on September 5