Joan Horsford

21/01/1928 - 19/07/2020

HORSFORD, Joan Keitha Lilian
21-Jan-1928 – 19-Jul-2020
Passed away peacefully with family. Loving and much loved wife of David (dec). Cherished mother of Ro, Mark, Janet and Peter and mother in law of Ross, Kathryn and Priscilla. Beloved Grandmother of grandies Celia, Henrietta, Emma, Tristan, Nick, Rachael and Sophie. Trusted friend of many. Reunited with David, in the care of their Shepherd.

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Private Venue
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31/07/2020 @ 13:30
Bruce Wearne
2020-07-30 06:38:53
Dear Mark, Ro, Janet, Peter with Ross, Kathryn and Priscilla: Joan and David were precious support for me and my family and whenever we would meet the first question your mum would always was about how my sons were doing, for whom she prayed regularly. Knowing her godly concern for me and Val and our boys was a great encouragement and fortification. She had a ready appreciation for the struggles and pains of life; in fact when I first told them both of what we as a family were going through with my son's hospitalisation she was reassuring in her subtle and indirect way. "We have just be studying Philippians 1:29 in our Bible study. Look it up. It'll be of comfort to you." Isn't she one of Christ's royal family whose good works follow her into the Kingdom of God? Bruce Wearne [email protected]
Liz de Moore
2020-07-31 00:54:58
Liz de Moore (nee Brooks) is attending the funeral. I wanted to pay tribute to my lovely Godmother Aunty Joan, who was very special to me. She was an inspiration and source of strength to so many; kind, thoughtful and I greatly admired her steadfast faith. Aunty Joan was also the best sponge with passion fruit icing baker ever! I know my mum and dad will miss her greatly. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to all the family at this sad time. God bless, Liz.
Nancy Smith
2020-07-31 00:58:41
Much love to you all.So thankful to God for your lovely Mum - and Dad
Jean Brooks
2020-07-31 02:09:03
Jean and Ray Brooks will be attending the Funeral. Joan and David have been our dear, loyal and loving friends for nearly 70 years.They have enriched our lives so greatly, and we know that they have prayed for us and ours as we have for them over the years. Rosemary,Mark,Kathryn, Janet, Ross, Peter, Priscilla and the "grandies", we will miss her as you do, and always treasure her memory.
Neil and Heather Bach
2020-07-31 02:49:25
Dynamic, mother and mate, fun loving, spirit directed, Christ focussed, counsellor, Good cook too, memories of Pt. Lonsdale. Joan and David ... dynamic duo, changed Bentleigh, McKinnon, Ormond residents for good and for God. Along with this I have 2 memories. 1969. She took a large group on the train on the weekend in to hear Billy Graham. Some bloke leaned over and asked her were they all her children or was it a Sunday school picnic. 'no' she laughed, 'they are not my children and it is no picnic''...1970's ... I used to run the streets to keep fit ... one day I saw this lady running toward me keeping fit, Joan H. I didn't think people of her vintage (early 40's!!) did that other than a few young lunatics! The great thing for the family and us is that we will meet her again.
Susan Buckman
2020-07-31 03:10:44
I am attending the funeral Service of Joan who was a real pleasure to know & a true Servant of Christ. My loving prayers for all of her family,especially now. May the Lord be with you in every way with all the extra challenges you are dealing with.
Trish Singh
2020-07-31 04:04:52
Ash and Trish are attending this funeral. It was such a pleasure meeting Joan at Pete and Priscilla's wedding. She was as everyone has described an incredibly gentle, loving and kind spirit. Joan shared her absolute delight in being a part of Pete and Priscilla's special day. Her love for god and her family was prevalent in her eyes and spirit. We pray for Joan and share her wishes in others turning towards Gods great love. May her prayers carry her towards her savior and for her to forever rest in peace with David. Love, Ash and Trish
John and Meryl McEwen
2020-07-31 05:03:40
WE thank God for the life and witness of both Joan and David. True mentors to us in our early years. A great influence on St Anne's East Ormond and the wider parish. Our prayers are with the family at this time as they remember a wonderful mother and grandmother
John and Pat Hughes
2020-07-31 05:04:36
So thankful for the treasured memories of Joan (and David), and the special blessing of having them significantly impact our lives as we were growing up.
Tony & Pamela Copley
2020-07-31 05:06:20
Joan's hospitality strarted in 1962 when she invited me as a 19 yo student back to her home after church with her cup of tea and her welcoming smile It profoundly affected my life
Anne Hanslow
2020-07-31 07:53:40
Dear Ro, Mark, Janet, Peter and your families, thank you. I both cried and laughed during the service for Joan as you all so vividly told her story that showed her love for you, many others and her God. Joan and David were such a blessing to Stephen and I. Much love to you all.
Liz de Moore
2020-07-31 08:56:32
Peter, your prayers were so moving and beautiful and perfectly captured the essence of Aunty Joan, illuminated her wonderful spirit - and highlighted for me again the blessings that she brought to me and so many others of Jesus, just perfectly said - was she an angel indeed?
Lawrence & Helen Rolls
2020-08-06 09:01:05
Joan & David did a locum at St Thomas's in Winchelsea for 2 years & they were a devoted team.Since then they both became dear & much loved friends. Joan's gracious, hospitable and gentle minisrty of love was shown to everyone. It was a beautiful service reflecting Joan's living faith in her Saviour and the wonderful legacy she has left us all. Joan will be sorely missed by so many. Our loving sympathy and prayers are with all her special family in their sad loss of their dearly loved Mother.
Cheryle Moss
2020-08-22 12:53:51
I have just discovered about Joan Horsford’s passing. Joan and David were very important to me in my late teens and as a young adult. Joan supported me in my early career as nurse.
Faye Adam
2021-01-31 01:26:50
Joan and David were both very dear to Michael and I. I have very happy memories of attending KYB with Joan. Condolences to all the family. Faye Adam
In Loving Memory
Trish Singh
Lawrence & Helen Rolls