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Phyllis Jean Wenlock
May 17, 1937 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Phyllis Jean Wenlock, affectionately known as Jean to her friends and family, passed away peacefully of natural causes on January 20, 2024, in Irvine, California. Born on May 17, 1937, in Brentwood, England, Jean's life was marked by love, service, and a joyful spirit that touched everyone she knew.
Jean's early years were spent in the English countryside, where she attended local schools in Brentwood. Her life was forever changed when she moved to Dovercourt, a chapter that brought her the love of her life, Gordon Wenlock. After a loving courtship of two years, Jean and Gordon married on March 28, 1959, and began their life together in Luton, England. Their union was a testament to enduring love, celebrated for over 56 years until Gordon's passing in 2015.
Jean's professional life was characterized by her warm and welcoming presence, serving as a receptionist for 25 years, first with the Lake Forest Beach and Tennis Club and later with Xerox. Her colleagues and those she greeted daily were met with her ever-present smile and a kindness that made them feel at home.
Outside of work, Jean was known for her creativity. She was an avid tennis player when she was younger, she brought the same passion and precision to the court as she did to every aspect of her life. Her hands were rarely still, as she was extremely crafty, especially known for her crocheting and her exceptional gardening skills. Her roses, her absolute favorite, were cared for meticulously and stood as a testament to her nurturing spirit.
Family was the cornerstone of Jean's world. She is survived by her loving children, Jane and her husband Scott Piercy, Joanne and her husband John Torell, and Mark and his wife Mary Wenlock. Jean's legacy continues through her adoring grandchildren, Megan and her husband Eric, Haley, Ashley and her husband Alex, McKenna, Jake and his fiancé Giselle, Molly, and Claire; and her cherished great-grandsons, Theodore and Oliver; her loving sister Pauline Turner; nephew Jeffrey and niece Sarah along with her extended family in England. Each of them brought immense joy to her life, and she reveled in every moment spent with them.
Jean's love for her English heritage never waned, as she held a deep affection for everything related to royalty. She was a friend to all, meeting people with an open heart and leaving a lasting impression of compassion and kindness. Even in her final days, Jean's sharp mind and loving nature remained undiminished.
Those who knew Jean would describe her as loving, thoughtful, and selfless. Her life was a living example of the well-known quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Jean truly succeeded in making the lives of those around her brighter and fuller.
Jean was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gordon Wenlock, with whom she now rests. As we remember Jean, we celebrate a life well-lived, a journey marked by devotion to family, friends, and community.
Jean's story is one of love and legacy, of moments shared and memories cherished. She will be deeply missed, but the impact of her love and the warmth of her spirit will continue to be felt by all who were fortunate enough to have known her. Jean Wenlock's life was a beacon of the enduring power of kindness, and her memory will be treasured forever.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.