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Jan Baker nee Barnes
 

Jan was born in the then London Hospital in 1934 and gave a lifetime of service to others. An outstanding Girl Guide she achieved her Queen’s Guide award at the age of fifteen, later becoming a Guider in several different parishes. She commenced nursing at the age of sixteen in the FeliUrsula Brinnxstowe children’s home before beginning as a probationer nurse in the London Hospital qualifying three years later in 1955. Jan was quickly promoted to Staff Nurse becoming the youngest sister in London Hospital serving in the Brentwood annexe of the hospital.

Four years after her marriage to a veterinary surgeon she moved to Dublin. An accomplished naturalist she was of great assistance to her husband in nursing injured and motherless domesticated and wild animals back to health with the help of her stove, you were never quite certain what might be found when you opened the oven door. From an early age her Christian faith was very important to her. An innovative Sunday School she brought the tradition of distributing posies to parents to her church in Dublin and the Easter garden. She had great affinity with children and spent many hours teaching crafts and cooking to her own six children, their friends and to her many grandchildren. She brought this affinity to her work with the Irish Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital, and to various groups of dyslectic children, the local travellers school. Where ever she was she sought the opportunity to help others as instanced by her work with Battered Wives in Trinidad during a sabbatical there.

Jan showed hospitality to numerous Irish undergraduates, post graduate students and immigrants and their partners, her home often resembled an United Nations Assembly partners, with different nationalities sharing experiences. She was very supportive to fund raising activities especially the Leprosy Mission and Bishop’s Appeal. She served for many years on the committee of the local society for cancer support and served as a councillor, continuing working in local nursing homes at a time when many others of the same age had retired.

Jan was an accomplished artist preferring to give her work as gifts. Sadly her health failed towards the end of her life but she never complained, her life was an example of service and love to others

Set who trained 1952-1955 at The London Hospital

Set who trained in 1952-155 at the London Hospital

 

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