James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Decline & sudden death

Janet gradually put on weight and this contributed, in her early teens, first to one epiphysis (the joint at the top of the leg) slipping and then the other. She spent many weeks in Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital where she was put on restricted fluids in a very hot summer. Our father, well trained in first aid, happened to notice that her eyes were not reacting properly to light and tests revealed a tumour

Having spent all that time in hospital, she then had prolonged treatment, mainly radiation, for a tumour on the hypothalamus both at Atkin St. Morley, Richmond, and at St. George’s, Westminster. This tumour had been the cause of her other symptoms throughout her life. During all her long spells in hospital one or other or both her parents would visit her every day, often involving a long round trip, generally through rush hour traffic, from north of London to central or south-west London. Eventually, in the belief that the tumour had been destroyed, she returned home.

By now Janet had put on a considerable amount of weight and was walking with the aid of two sticks. When she was nineteen, she became very ill one weekend and her temperature plummeted. She was taken to St. George’s, Westminster, but died a few days later on the night of 30 January 1964; the brain tumour had not been destroyed.


The family are survived by George and Elaine's younger daughter and her descendants.