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Joan Hocquard, born in 1908 to Edward VII, died yesterday at her home in Poole, Dorset
Joan drove ambulances in London during World War II.
After the war, she and her husband Gilbert moved to the South Coast.
The couple traveled Europe in a caravan and took a pleasure boat vacation until Gilbert’s death in 1981.
A few years later, Joan met the widower Kenneth Bedford, who was 20 years younger than the Bournemouth Gramophone Society and had lived with Poole ever since.
Joan has never had children and her family said she “always tries to live her life to the fullest.”
Grandson Paul Reynolds said:
“Joan came from a fairly wealthy family, her mother’s father ran a law firm in the City of London and she was born in a large house in Holland Park.
“Her father was in the colonial service, so she divided her childhood between living in Kenya and her grandmother in Lymington (Hants).
“She worked as a cook in a French hotel for nine years and drove ambulances in London during World War II before marrying Gilbert and moving to the South Coast.
“She had no children, but she loved traveling around Europe in a caravan.
“After Gilbert’s death, she met Kenneth and they lived with Poole.
“She had a fantastic concert and died peacefully at home, that’s all you can ask for.
“He was a strong-willed character and he loved to tell stories about how bad he was when he was a student.
“She was also a very hospitable and loyal person.
“She had an independent spirit and it was typical of her to turn down a card from the Queen for her 100th birthday because she didn’t want people to know how old she was.
“She always tried to live her life to the fullest.
“She loved to eat butter and cream and did not believe in diet.
“There is no secret to her long life. I guess he had good genes. ”
The oldest surviving British woman was Charlotte Hughes, who died in 1993 at the age of 115.