was a feminist,socialist,Anglican,
,social worker and above all humanitarian.
She read sociology at
An early opponent of to
censorship, she formed Islington MIND with Ann Rouse and was its Chair for 15
years.† Until she was physically unable
to travel even with a walker in August 2009, she remained a reception volunteer
two afternoons every week. She was also a consultant for the Crisis Line.
In 1990 Jo joined Feminists Against Censorship (a group opposing censorship from a feminist perspective) and remained an active member; she also joined the anarchist sexual liberation group the Lesbian and Gay Freedom Movement. She was always a figure at SM Pride.
Jo was very unusual in rejecting 20th century technology, a lover of Pre-Raphaelite painting, she was also a friend of the poet John Betjeman.† Her great love was reading especially social history,psychology, poetry and children's fiction. She felt machines interfered with concentration. She had no car, computer, oven, fridge, television, radio, music player, central heating, microwave, washing machine or landline telephone but could ride a horse.
Above all Jo was someone who felt passionately about the value of every human being. She believed there were bad deeds not bad people and she practiced this in her own life having close relationships with people with very serious mental health problems and those who had committed serious crimes.
She was pre-deceased by her partner Sue Smith in the early 2000s.
Humour, kindness, courage, friendship and humility, Jo was a
We were all lucky to have known her.