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Posted on 2nd March, 2023








Monica Honeysett passed away on the 12th January aged 90 in a nursing home in Pembury after a short illness. Monica grew up as part of a close family living in West Farleigh where she spent nearly all her life living in St Helens Lane and Charlton Lane. Monica went to school at West Farleigh Primary with her siblings Peggy and Jackie and she kept a bible which she was presented with as a 14 year old pupil of West Farleigh School for the rest of her life.  


Monica married her late husband Doug in 1951 and after a short period of living in Coxheath they moved to West Farleigh in 1959 where they remained for the rest of their lives.


Monica and Doug loved tending to their garden, which, thanks to their hard-work and green fingers always looked a beautiful array of colour, whilst they also grew plenty of fresh produce.  Doug was also a keen fisherman, a hobby that Monica shared in later years. Initially, she went to make sure Doug didn’t fall into the water, but she soon caught the bug and was soon fishing herself, often catching more that Doug. 


Throughout her life in Farleigh, Monica worked on the land, hop and fruit picking and over many years was an employee of Days Farm, Goodwins Farm and more latterly, Castle Farm where she worked for Jack and Yvonne Martin.  


To everyone who knew her, Monica was a lovely lady. Kind, easy-going, placid and gentle, she was distinctly non-confrontational, and at her happiest when in the company of those she knew well.  


Sadly, it was in February 2013 that Doug passed away. He and Monica had shared a very happy marriage lasting over 61 years, and she naturally missed him endlessly when he had gone.  Over the past year Monica became frailer, and she was devastated by the passing of her son Mark from cancer last June, an unimaginable loss for her and the whole family. 


Having spent time in hospital in July, Monica moved to Hazeldene House Care Home in Pembury where she could receive the additional support she required. She settled well there, especially enjoying getting her hair and nails done, whilst she also appreciated the company of the staff and residents. It was at the home that on the 12th January, she passed away.


Monica was the last Honeysett in Farleigh with Doug’s mother Elizabeth living in West Farleigh since 1931 at 2 The Green, 11 Charlton Lane and later 1 Goulston bungalows until her death in the early 80's. Doug’s brother also lived in Charlton lane for many years, this meant there were Honeysetts in Charlton Lane for over 90 years.


She will be continually missed and loved by all those she knew, however it is her family’s hope that, wherever she is right now, she’s been reunited once more with Doug, Mark and all those precious loved ones who passed before. She leaves 5 children, Paul, Julie, Richard, Carl and Matthew.



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