Friday, 12 August 2022

Judy Job — March 12, 1945 to November 28, 2015

WHEN in 1988 Judy Job opened her interior decorating showroom, a new stylish “chic” had arrived in Henley.

WHEN in 1988 Judy Job opened her interior decorating showroom, a new stylish “chic” had arrived in Henley.

Judy was born in London on March 12, 1945. In her early twenties she worked as an air stewardess for BOAC.

In 1968 she married Johnny Job. First they lived in Bray and in 1973 they moved into Craigemore House on Remenham Hill.

In 1977 Judy started a catering business which became very successful and moved its premises to Reading under the name of Buttercup. This business she sold successfully in 1982.

However, Judy’s real passion lay in designs, fabrics and colours and, with her enormous capacity for hard work and an attractive personality, she again built a very successful business under the name Judy Job’s designs. She opened a small showroom in Market Place Mews, Henley, then moved to Market Place and finally, as the business grew, to Duke Street.

In Duke Street her shop was well known to everyone. She sold not only designs but gifts at all prices, always beautifully gift wrapped, items she had cleverly sourced abroad as far as India and the USA.

Many homes in the surrounds of Henley will have a curtain, bedspread or cushion which will have come from Judy Job’s designs.

Judy had all the panache and style — she loved a party and the grander the occasion the bigger the hat.

In 2002 she sold the business and she and Johnny went to live in Portugal. After she was widowed in 2007, Judy came back to live in her beloved Henley, where she could be seen walking her little dog Fizzy daily.

Sadly, ill health affected her in later years but she always had a beaming smile and time for a chat.

Judy died suddenly from a heart attack at home on November 28. She will be sadly missed by her three children, Annabelle, Thomas and Lucinda and her many friends. Fizzy now lives with Thomas.

A memorial service will be held at St Nicholas Church, Remenham, on Tuesday (December 15) at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

No flowers please. Collection in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

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