Exmouth House Resident Celebrates 101st Birthday

Mrs. Joyce "Joy" Humble, a beloved resident of Exmouth House Care Home, recently celebrated her remarkable 101st birthday. Born on August 17, 1922, in Torquay, Joy's life has been an inspiring journey of academic achievement, athletic prowess, and a profound love for music, intertwined with a deep commitment to her community.

Joy Humble's early years were marked by her academic excellence and passion for music. She attended Torquay Girls Grammar School, where she excelled academically and demonstrated her musical talents. In addition to her academic pursuits, Joy was an accomplished athlete, representing Torquay Leander group in swimming, playing hockey, and serving as head girl at Torquay Grammar from 1938 to 1939.

Her journey took her to Cheltenham, where she attended St. Mary's College, and it was here that she met the love of her life, Hugh. Both of them were passionate about music, which brought them together, leading to their marriage in 1945.

Joy's life took an adventurous turn when Hugh was posted to India with the RAF at the end of World War II. Following his return, they both pursued careers in education, with Joy teaching at various schools around Newton Abbot and later becoming the Deputy Head and eventually the Head Teacher of Buckland School.

In their spare time, Joy and Hugh were active members of the Methodist Church and participated in various choirs, reflecting their deep love for music. Their journey together took them to various places, including Chessington in London and Surrey. The family blossomed with the arrival of their children: Liz, Gill, and Andrew.

Joy's dedication to education continued throughout her life. Her husband Hugh also pursued a teaching career, and they were both actively involved in choirs and community activities, including their membership in the National Trust.

Eventually, Joy and Hugh retired and returned to their beloved Devon, settling in Exmouth. They remained actively engaged in their community, singing in the Exeter Cathedral choir called Exeter Choral and participating in numerous concerts. Their deep-rooted love for music and community involvement left an indelible mark on the lives of many.

Sadly, Hugh passed away in 2008, leaving Joy to navigate life independently for the next thirteen years. In 2021, Joy and her family made the heartwarming decision to join Exmouth House Care Home. Joy's extensive support network and her cherished role within the Exmouth community continue to thrive.

Joy's commitment to education, her passion for music, and her unwavering dedication to her family and community serve as an enduring source of inspiration to all who know her.

Exmouth House hosted a festive celebration for Joy's big birthday, featuring an A Cappella chorus group of 25 members who provided entertainment for family and friends. We look forward to cherishing more moments and memories with Joy as she continues to be a cherished part of our extended Amica Care family.

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