OBITUARY: Joan Baker nee Kirk

Joan Baker nee Kirk.
Joan Baker nee Kirk.

Joan Baker nee Kirk, of Skegness, has died aged 91.

Born in Sheffield, she had lived in the area for most of her life.

A widow, she is survived by sisters-in-law Penny Kirk, Jane Kirk and Dot Greenfield, brother-in-law Leonard Brown, nieces, nephews and cousins Jean Stollery and Mavis Bruce.

Mrs Baker had a varied career. She worked as an office clerk on leaving school, later joining the Women’s Land Army on the outbreak of war.

She was then transferred to the WRNS and was a leading Wren at HMS Penbroke III.

She moved to Skegness with her first husband RAF Sgt Arthur Brown in 1943.

Until the floods of 1953 she was a chief cashier at the Tower Cinema - later going to work as a clerical officer at the Cecil Avenue Clinic.

In 1958 she began teacher training in Lincoln, and began her teaching career at Skendleby and Thorpe St Peter village schools.

She retired in 1980 when her husband became ill.

On his death in 1986 she devoted her time to gardening.

She met her second husband Dennis Baker at a dance in Boston in 1998.

They both worked for many years as volunteers in the Gibraltar Point gift shop. Dennis died in 2003.

Mrs Baker worked on the committee of the Friends of Church Farm Museum for more than 30 years.

She was awarded a certificate for more than 50 years membership of the Mothers Union.

She was also a long-time member of Young Wive’s Group, the 5th Skegness Cub Pack, the Wrens’ Association, the Royal British Legion, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Skegness Pensioners’ Association and the Anglican Church.

Her historical thesis entitled ‘The Life of William Wayneflete’ was awarded a distinction by Nottingham University and is available in the local section of Skegness Library.

Arrangements by Skegness and District Funeral Services.