Joyce Fuller Penny (now Hancock)

Joyce Penny (now Hancock) Born: 2 November 1918, Barkly East, Cape Province, South Africa
Parents: William Henry Matthews Penny and Johanna (Joey) Corleina Penny (nee Hattingh)
Siblings: Lionel Penny, 18 February 1900
                Ivy Sophia Penny, ~1902
                Inez Penny, 21 February 1905
                Leonard Wallace Penny, ~1907 ?
                Louis Stanley Penny, 1910, Cape Province
                Enid Ruth Penny, 13 May 1912
                Mavis Irene Penny, 24 January 1914
                Joyce Fuller Penny (twin), 2 November 1918
                Bertha Penny (twin), 2 November 1918
                Stafford William Penny, 8 June 1921
Married: Herbert Edmund James Hancock, 3 July 1937, Germiston, South Africa
Children: Edmund William Hancock, 12 November 1938
                  Clive Herbert Hancock, 6 June 1940
                  Errol Anthony Hancock, 24 September 1944
                  Ronald Dennis Hancock, 7 November 1947
                  Debra Sandra Hancock, 4 February 1961 (adopted - granddaughter)
Address: 12 Gordon Road, Delville, Germiston, South Africa
Died: 23 February 1984, Germiston, South Africa
Buried: Primrose Cemetery, Germiston, South Africa

Grave of Herbert Edmund James (Bert) Hancock and Joyce Fuller Hancock (nee Penny)
Joyce Hancock at Edmund's wedding, 1959 Joyce Hancock at Debbie's wedding, 1983

Tribute by Debbie Jones:
My Nana's name was Joyce Fuller Penny. She hated it because she got teased at school. She died in 1984 at the age of 65. It wasn't a very long life, but in her time she lived through the Great Depression - with terrible stories of the lengths people went to to survive the punishing shortages of everything. She lived through WWII where her husband fought the war by driving trains in North Africa. She raised four sons, two of whom committed suicide because they didn't know about depression at the time. Her oldest son was my father, and he died when he was 23 and I was only 2. Many people held her responsible and thought she must have done something wrong. I think she blamed herself too. And then I was born in 1961 to a young couple who loved one another dearly but carried too many of life's burdens and scars already. My father, my grandmother's oldest son, took his life, and my mother lived, but with the pain and sorrow of the loss and of other deep losses. My mother was not coping with caring for me, and much neglect ensued, with some unkindness from her and her new husband that she'd hoped to finally find happiness with. But my gran, my nana, fought for me. She fought people, and social workers, schools, and family. She was so determined that another child would not be lost on her watch. She was fierce in battle, and stood her ground. Finally, when I was to be removed from my mother's care, she was offered guardianship and she turned it down and kept fighting, until finally, Renet, my mother, agreed to let me go - to allow for me to be legally adopted. It was partly my gran's relentless pressure, but she could also feel her hope for a happy future with her new husband was beginning to crumble. On a long train ride, courtesy of my grandfather, my gran, my granddad, and I chug-chugged all the way to Germiston from Cape Town, and so a new life began. She loved me dearly. She defended me fiercely. She tried very hard to understand this difficult, headstrong child. She often said I was the worst child to raise! I think she meant it, but it didn't make her love me less. She died a few short months after I was married, after a very long period of suffering that was inhuman and too painful to remember. She stayed with me as long as she could. She was proud of me. She loved me deeply. I'm so grateful to her! But so sad that she never met my children, and never got the chance to love them too. There are so many stories about this warrior woman, but this is too long already. Today I just remember her with love and tenderness. And I still miss her sometimes.

Karen Anderson:
You were her life Debs she loved you very much. My gran always told us that x

Sandra Wurts:
Never forget how a woman in her late 50s tried to teach two young girls how to do handstands and headstands. Demonstrated it to us by doing it perfectly herself! Always gave up her bed so that we could be together when I stayed over. Brought us lunch on the side of the pool when we stayed in the pool the whole day. Made the best savoury mince on mashed potato, I still think about it today. Remember her smiling face when she saw us walking towards her car after school. She knew we were going to ask if I could come and play/ sleep over. ( no cell phones in those days!) She made me laugh a lot. Amazing lady. I'll never forget her.

Barbara Pepper:
And never forget her great sense of humour and her wonderful laugh, a lovely lady.

Michelle Denysschen:
I have very fond memories of your gran....she adored you Debbie. She had such a dry sense of humour and didn't beat about the bush ...she told as it was.


The information comes from Item 7 Microfilm# 1560891

The information is in the following order:
Ref (as per register numbering - missing numbers were not transcribed as
they were adult baptisms or non British names)
Surname First Names
Parents with father's occupation and their address (if given in register)
Birth date (y/m/d)
Baptised date (y/m/d)
Any Notes in the register

574 NORMAN Samuel
Joseph and Binda of ?? Lady Grey

575 PENNY Bertha Phyllis
William Henry Matthews and Johanna Carlina of Edgehill Barkly East

575 PENNY Joyce Fuller
William Henry Matthews and Johanna Carlina of Edgehill Barkly East

576 WRIGHT Phyllis Katherine
Cecil Joseph Henry and Hester Magdalena Wilhelmina of Delta Aliwal North

577 DUFFEY Percival Popham
Percival Popham and Margaret Susanna of Edgehill Barkly East

578 MOSEOS? Angelina
George John and Johanna Fredride? B of Barkly East

579 SLATER John Edward
William Carey Hoborn? And Johanna Georgina of Geln Nesbitt Barkly East

Barkly East Methodist Church
Barkly East Methodist Church, built in 1885
The foundation stone of the Church was laid by Mrs S Giddy, the wife of the Rev Richard Giddy and daughter of Hezekiah Sephton, an 1820 Settler, on 27 March 1885.

Edgehill Farm, Barkly East

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Joyce Penny family tree
Family tree of Joyce Penny (PDF version)
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