On 27 January 2023, which was Jan's 86th birthday her family and friends gathered at Redhead Beach to say our goodbyes. She was set free in the ocean. We all threw petals in the ocean and watched her enjoy her last swim. We had a toast for her birthday with her favourite drinks VB and Tia Maria. We played her favourite song, Old Time Rock 'n Roll.
Jan will be remembered whenever we see the ocean.
Janice (Jan) was born on 27 January 1937 to Alma Pearl Hewitt (nee Fraser) and James Hewitt. She was their youngest daughter. The family lived at Shortland and had a modest lifestyle. Jan married William Barnes and they had one daughter, Vickie Ann. Jan later went on to marry Bob Hughes and shared a lovely life together for over 30 years. She was a proud grandmother to Jessica and Hannah who she adored. She learnt on the day she passed that Hannah was having a baby and she was going to be a great grandmother.
Jan was a hard worker and was employed by TNT for over 40 years.
After Jan retired from work she spent time looking after the grandkids and playing golf a few times a week. She enjoyed keeping fit by morning walks around the neighbourhood, swimming at the beach and tai chi. During her retirement years you could often find Jan in the front room of the house listening to the radio, doing a crossword or reading a good novel. However if it was 5pm it was happy hour at Jennings Street, which meant a VB for Jan a Bourbon for Bob and some nuts and bolts out for their nibbles.
Overall Jan had a great life, she enjoyed lots of holidays, family time, a home with a new bathroom, she mastered the art of texting on a smart phone and had supersonic hearing in her 80’s. Despite her bad health and rarely leaving the house, she gathered the strength to attend Hannah and Chris’s wedding in March and thoroughly enjoyed it.
After 85 years her body was failing her but not her mind, on her last day she was surrounded by her girls and Bob. Rest easy Jan, you are now at peace.
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