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Joan Alexander Evans

Joan Alexander Evans, née Mechin (1916–2007), niece to F. M. Alexander.

Mrs Joan Evans was the daughter of Amy Alexander, F. M. Alexander’s sister. Joan’s sister, Marjory Evans (later married Barlow), was 15 months older. When their father died in 1933, Amy and her two daughters moved at F. M. Alexander’s invitation into a cottage at Penhill (part of Alexander’s estate at Penhill, Bexleyheath). In May 1934 Joan assisted at the Little School at Penhill, first under Irene Tasker and then under Margaret Goldie. In September 1935 she went to a secretarial college for training, and she assisted F. M. Alexander and Ethel Webb as a secretary at his teaching practice in 1938. Throughout this period she had regular lessons from F. M. Alexander.

She had joined the Red Cross in 1935, and joined active service when WWII was declared. In May 1942 she married David Ivor Evans, and she retired from naval service in 1943 when she gave birth to a daughter, Jackie Evans (author of a detailed family biography of F. M. Alexander[1]).

After the war she continued with her Red Cross work and in 1965 was appointed President of the Red Cross for Bexley Borough. She continued to work for the Red Cross, holding various positions, for the rest of her life.[2]

Obituary

‘Joan Alexander Evans, née Mechin’ by Jackie Evans.[3]

Joan Alexander Evans, née Mechin •10 August 1916 – †8 July 2007.

References

[1] Frederick Matthias Alexander – A Family History by Jackie Evans (Phillimore & Co., 2001).
[2] ‘Joan Alexander Evans, née Mechin’ by Jackie Evans in STATNews vol. 6, no. 24 edited by Ann James (STAT, January 2008), p. 25.
[3] ‘Joan Alexander Evans, née Mechin’ by Jackie Evans in STATNews vol. 6, no. 24 edited by Ann James (STAT, January 2008), p. 25.
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