Friends and family turned out in their hundreds to pay their respects to a much loved mother, wife and friend.
The funeral of Kathleen Joslin was held on Friday after the mother of three lost her battle with cancer earlier in August.
Kathy, as she was known to friends, was the wife of former Warwickshire Police chief constable, Peter Joslin and mother or Russell Joslin who tragically died last year.
She passed away at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on August 6 and hundreds came out to pay their respects at Friday’s service in St Francis church in Warwick Road.
As well as her husband, she leaves behind a son, Stephen, a daughter, Angela and seven grandchildren.
Thanking everyone for their support at such a difficult time, Peter Joslin said: “We all knew how much we loved her, but it was lovely to see so many people at her funeral who clearly also loved her very much too.”
The mother of three had lived in Kenilworth for over 30 years and established herself as a pillar of the community.
She was well respected in the town as well as at St Francis of Assisi church where she was an active member of the congregation.
And paying tribute to her mother, Angela told the KWN: “Mum was a wonderfully kind and giving person who is much missed by us all, particularly her grandchildren.
“Mum moved around a great deal in her life and then with my father’s career, but once she had moved to Kenilworth she settled there and really loved it.
“She is so missed and she stood out for her gentleness and kindness, and was always modest and unassuming.
“She had an easy way with people and always talked to everybody wherever she went, finding out people’s stories.”
Dan Barnard, Kathy’s son-in-law, described her as a “wonderful woman” who will never be forgotten.
“Kathy was like my second mum,” he said. “ She loved her grandchildren and they loved her. I think that they will all remember her with great affection for the rest of their lives.”
Kathy was born the second of nine siblings in 1936 in County Meath, Ireland.
She studied nursing in Romford, Essex, and married Mr Joslin in 1960, before giving birth to Russell in 1961 and Stephen two years later.
Angela was born in 1972 and the family moved to Warwickshire in the late 1970s when Mr Joslin became Deputy Chief Constable.
Kathy continued to lead a busy life supporting her husband on official engagements until his retirement from the force in 1998.
Her eldest son Russell died last October after taking his own life.
The former BBC radio broadcaster committed suicide after being admitted to a mental health unit St Michael’s Hospital in Warwick. Before his death he made complaints of sexual harassment by a former colleague at the BBC.
His case led to a widespread investigation within the corporation over bullying and harassment.