DORN Jeanette Louise (Jenny)

After a brave battle, Jenny passed away on Tuesday 10th August 2021 aged 58 years.  Dearly loved partner of Alan Hawkes(Eltham).  Loved sister and sister in law of Graham and Joy (Pihama), Carol and Ross Wicksteed (New Plymouth), Judith and Colin Bates (Inglewood), Murray (New Plymouth) and Lindsay and Mary Hawkes (Palmerston North).  A much-loved aunty of her nieces and nephews.  Donations may be made in memory of Jenny to Hospice Taranaki, these may be left at the service which will be held at the Rawhitiroa Hall, (next to Rawhitiroa School) Rawhitiroa Road Eltham commencing at 11.30am on Monday 16th August 2021, before laying Jenny to rest at the Lizzie Bell Memorial Cemetery, Pihama at 2pm.

9 thoughts on “DORN Jeanette Louise (Jenny)”

  1. Michelle Lucibella

    My dear friend, 46 years ago we met at New Plymouth Girls High School . You were always full of fun and energy! You could talk till the cows came home! Many a time our answer machine tape nearly ran out full up with your “message”(more like a novel!) You coped with many challenges in your short life, but had a strong will and determination. And look at what you managed to achieve ,you property guru! I’m so thankful that you got to see out your last days as you wanted. In your beautiful sunny flat with glimpses of the sea,being able to keep a watchful eye on your house next door. I have 46 years of friendship and memories now to remember you with. Your life could be hard at times, and your death was definately hard! But I’m glad that at the end, it was all over so quickly and you didn’t have to suffer any more! So fly free my dear friend! Until we meet again xxx
    (Michelle Lucibella)

  2. Jeane,
    You will always be my baby sister. You will be missed. You knew you were dearly loved.
    Now you go to god, and it is written “God is love”. (1 John 4 8).
    As we are all echoes in time you go forward in your family and love.
    Rest now Jeanette
    (Murray Dorn)

  3. Jeanette was born 1962 in Palmerston North.
    We realised the delights of having a sister when Mum chucked a handful of lollies out the window of the Maternity Ward for us kids as we weren’t allowed in the hospital. And the argument was settled, the girls won, we had a new sister.
    Not so delightful later at home, when it took maximum concentration to make out a programme on the TV in 1962, with the TV reception showing us snowy blobs moving around on the screen, failing to press the youngest member of the family into quiet concentration.
    Jeane was our goldilocks with her lovely golden curly hair.
    Jeane started school in Pihama.
    Farming life meant not many holidays away but lots of awesome family visits.
    When father passed away, Jeane moved and schooled at Tikorangi at age 11, and lived on a horse stud with Mum. Later Jeane went to New Plymouth Girls High School, after moving into New Plymouth. This is where she met several lifelong friends. Leaving school, Jeane worked at FoodStuffs on Ngamotu Road, and the council as meter warden, and many years for New Zealand Post.
    In between all that, Jeane spent a year in Australia with a friend and travelled to England to visit sister Jude and Colin. Europe and North Africa were also include in her big OE. Jeane also visited me, Heather, Tracey and Kimberly on the Sunshine Coast in the summer of 1996.
    Jeane made her home on St Aubyn Street and through her hard work, improved the property immensely. We enjoyed her hospitality and the joy of her company many times there and Jeane loved her niece and nephews visits there too.
    In 2009, Jeane met Alan through their mutual acquaintances, and moved to Rawhitiroa. At the same time , her job at New Zealand Post as delivery person for 25 years came to an end. It was so nice to be out and on the land and caring for her pets. Life is always busy on the land, spraying weeds, to caring for stock and keeping house, and also bringing her considerable organisational refurbishing skills to bear with the painting around the home more lately, prior to her move back to New Plymouth.
    It was nearly 10 years later, when Jeane learned of the serious type of cancer she had contracted. It was a shock to us, as it is not a common family illness. We all swung in to support her very hard fought battle. She put up against this nasty disorder with Alans care and support, with all the love and help from family, friends and medical that Jeane could muster.
    Her life stopped on the 10th of August, 2021, in the arms of a very loving friend.
    I know Jeane has appreciated all the love, shared enjoyment and laterly the care she has received.
    Jeane would want to extend her love and thanks at this time to all who helped her.
    Jeanette, you are missed.
    (Murray Dorn)

  4. Oh Jeanette I will so miss our doughnut/smoothie catchups. I miss you already. You would have been so proud of us all today. You were so so treasured in so many lives. The posties were there and did you proud. We had a drink for you at the Kaponga pub. 46 years of friendship will be treasured in my heart. Rest now you hard workin woman. Miss ya long time. Love ya xxx 💔
    Lee Horton xx

  5. Beautiful send off for a beautiful lady… worked with Jenny at NZ Post for all the years she was there. Don’t know how many times we got told off for talking while sorting our mail. Good times, RIP Jenny and hugs to all her family and her partner Alan

  6. So sorry to hear about Jeanette’s passing, it was always wonderful to catch up in the Eltham Four Square where Tom & I used to stop off on the way home to Hawera. She was always bubbly and fun to talk to.
    Rest in peace Jeanette, and be surrounded by Angels.
    Kindest Regards, Anne & Tom Butler.

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