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 Anora Josephine “Jo” Ockenden

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Anora Josephine “Jo” Ockenden

  • Birth 3 Dec 1923 Ninfield, Wealden District, East Sussex, England
  • Death 14 Sep 2009 Hastings, Hastings Borough, East Sussex, England
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Cremated Eastbourne, East Sussex, 25 September 2009, 4pm. Ashes buried under Maudie's tree, in the cottage garden, at Ninfield, Sussex.
  • Memorial ID 42221304

Jo was my Great Aunt, and one of the loveliest people that I have ever known.

She was the youngest of three daughters of
Charles Henry Ockenden (1859 - 1933) &
Mary Hariett Maude Eldridge (1884 - 1971)

Her older twin sisters are:
Molly Vera Wright Clement (nee Ockenden),(1919 - 1992) &
Lilian Evelyn King (nee Ockenden 1919 - 2013)

She was born in Ninfield, East Sussex, on 3rd December 1923.
Her Father gave her the unusual name of Anora, which she did not like.
Hence she was known to everyone as Jo.

Jo never married, but cared for her Mother at their home in Ninfield, until she died in 1971.

Jo loved that cottage and knew every knook & cranny.
She loved her own company and to be in her garden. Her Father had been a market gardener, and he passed on his gardening skills to Jo.

Sadly she is yet another of the Ockenden's to be hit by cancer.
Her wicked sence of humar & wonderful smile will be missed by many.

Funeral service took place on Friday 25th September 2009, Eastbourne Crematorium, at 4pm. Ashes laid to rest under Maudie's tree, in the garden of her home in Ninfield.

RIP dear friend & Auntie.


When my Father was dying from cancer in 1981, he told me that he wished he had tried to make contact with his cousin's who lived in Ninfield.
It took me a long time to come to terms with my Father's passing, so it was not until 18 years later, when I had married & had three children, that I began tracing our family tree.
All I had to go on was what my Father had been told by his Father. Namely that he had cousins living in Ninfield,
in the very cottage where he had been born.
In 1999, I sent a letter to his "cousin" Jo Ockenden.
That letter turned into a meeting between two strangers, who went on to become wonderful friends, who shared the love of researching the family tree.
Thus the story of Great Granddad's second family unfolded.
Jo's Father was my Grandfather's Father.
After his first wife, Eliza Kirby, died in 1916, he went on to marry again, in 1918 & raise a second family of three daughters.
His older childen could not accept his new younger wife, as she was of simular age to them, nor their offspring. They always refered to them as "distant cousins"
Jo is actually, my Father's half Aunt.
She shares the same birthday as my Grandfather - her half brother Charles Henry Ockenden II.
My Father (Charles Henry Ockenden III) would have loved Jo, as much as my family & I do!
When Jo talks about her Father, she is talking about my Great Grandfather, and my children's Great Great Grandfather!
Like me he shares the knick name of "Ockie"


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  • Created by: Kris Burns, UK
  • Added: 21 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42221304
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anora Josephine “Jo” Ockenden (3 Dec 1923–14 Sep 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42221304, ; Maintained by Kris Burns, UK (contributor 46591580) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Cremated Eastbourne, East Sussex, 25 September 2009, 4pm. Ashes buried under Maudie's tree, in the cottage garden, at Ninfield, Sussex..