Monday, 27 September 2021

Jean Barrett: Brown owl and Poppy Appeal collector

JEAN MARY BARRETT (née Buckett) died on November 24, aged 82.

JEAN MARY BARRETT (née Buckett) died on November 24, aged 82.

Jean was born in Henley on February 6, 1931 and lived at Northfield End.

She went to local infants and middle schools before starting work in Caversham as a book-keeper, cycling every day in all weathers.

She returned to Henley and started work in the packing dept at Stuarts, where she met her late husband, Noel. They were married for 56 years and had a son, Chris.

Jean became brown owl of the 1st Henley brownies in 1968. Every year they held a five-mile walk during half-term and then it was back to her home for sausages and beans.

She held jumble sales at St Mary’s Hall and all the proceeds went towards Christmas parties at the youth centre for the brownies’ parents and grandparents. There was tea and entertainment and the evenings finished with the brownies doing the traditional play.

The Mayor of Henley always attended and a lot of fun and happy times were had by all. Jean actively supported the Royal British Legion by selling poppies. She also led the brownies on parade on Remembrance Sunday at the town hall.

She reluctantly retired from the position of brown owl in 1996 due to a disability.

Jean was very proud that her nephew, the late Terry Buckett, became Mayor of Henley.

Noel passed away in November 2009 and from that day Jean was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and spent the rest of her life in a nursing home, where she sadly passed away. Jean will be sadly missed by her son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren and friends.

Her funeral will take place at Reading Crematorium in Caversham on Thursday, December 12 at 10am. Anybody who knew her is welcome to attend.

No flowers please. Because of Jean’s love of children, donations are welcome to Helen and Douglas House via A B Walker & Son (Bracknell).

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