Farewell to Janet, a real Ma to many and an inspiration

MHRA-30-04-11 FAMILY APR88 (3)'Cancer Research Race for Life.'Pictured are Zoe Stewart ( 13 ), Janet Fountain, Sandra Eadon & Tracy Eadon
MHRA-30-04-11 FAMILY APR88 (3)'Cancer Research Race for Life.'Pictured are Zoe Stewart ( 13 ), Janet Fountain, Sandra Eadon & Tracy Eadon

A GREAT-grandmother affectionately known as Ma to scores of Rugby children during the 1970s had died aged 79.

Janet Fountain died on February 24 of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, leaving behind five children, 14 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. She was the wife of Tony Fountain, who died 18 years ago and was a well-known and popular figure on Rugby’s darts scene.

Mrs Fountain was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, and grew up in South London. She worked as an auxiliary nurse at St Cross hospital and at several shops in town, including the garage at the top of Lawford Road. She raised five children: Nigel, Jo, Alison, Barbara and Sandra.

During her children’s teenage years their family home was a popular meeting point for the youngsters, who affectionately called Mrs Fountain Ma.

Her son Nigel said: “When we were all growing up there wasn’t an awful lot for us to do, so she would arrange for coach loads of us to visit the ice rink at Solihull. At times there would also be about 20 or 30 of our friends at our home and our mother was popular with all of them.

“All of our friends had a lot of time and respect her and will remember her for keeping us all entertained.”

Mrs Fountain also appeared in the Advertiser last year, when she was featured with her daughter Sandra, granddaughter Tracy and great-granddaughter Zoe because the four generations were all partaking in Rugby’s Race for Life 2011 to raise money for cancer charity. Sandra described her mother as an inspiration for helping her cope with her own experiences of cancer.

Nigel added: “My sister had cancer and so did I and she was so supportive and strong for us, it’s something we’ll always remember her for. Throughout her illness she never complained once.”

Mrs Fountain’s funeral takes place on Tuesday next week. Please contact Wilf Smith and Son funeral directors of Bilton for the details on (01788) 814157.