Jane Wilde met Stephen Hawking at a New Year’s party on 1st January 1963. His illness was diagnosed in February of that year and they married in July 1965. Jane travelled extensively with Stephen, accompanying him to physics conferences worldwide and increasingly, supporting him as his carer while as he established what would become his world famous career as a scientist and a communicator of science. They had three children, Robert, Lucy and Timothy. In 2014, Jane’s memoir was made into the Oscar winning film, The Theory of Everything. Jane Hawking read a prayer at the service.