JOY ROSEMARY CHRISTIAN 1928 - 2013
. Our dear friend, Joy Rosemary Christian, passed away peacefully in her sleep during the early morning of December 17, 2013 in Nanaimo, B.C. Joy was predeceased by her mother Mary Ida Alberta Christian (nee Miscampbell) and her father Dennis Herbert Christian. She is survived by her cousin Lisa (Tom) Evans, of Selkirk, New York, god children and many, many good friends across Canada and Australia. Joy grew up on the family farm near Churchill, Ontario. She completed her Pharmacy degree at the University of Toronto in 1950, and after a few years entered into the drugstore business, in partnership at Allandale Drugs in Barrie Ontario. Eventually, Joy ventured across the Pacific, and worked in Australia, as a temporary locum for other pharmacists in several different locations, making many friends along the way. This arrangement suited Joy well, because she loved to travel and explore new environments and cultures. Over the years, this adventurous soul explored much of the world, travelling well into her late 70s, often alone, with just a small pack on her back. Joy loved being outdoors and kept physically active throughout her life, hiking in Nanaimo with both the Tuesday Hikers and the Thursday Hikers, paddling regularly with a local canoe/kayaking group and until recent years, skiing with her Mount Washington season pass. She was an environmental advocate volunteering at the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, and she supported many ENGOs. Joy was also spiritual. She was an active member of both the St. James (Alter Guild) and St. Paul's Anglican Church communities, and she volunteered for many years with Loaves and Fishes. Joy was generous and outgoing, with a positive gregarious approach to life and she was always there to help friends in need. She would not hesitate to engage with strangers, and she had a thirst to learn new things whether it was another language or the name of a wild plant. She appreciated the natural world, and continued to enjoy and love nature long into her illness. We will miss Joy's sense of humour, her generosity, her adventurous spirit and her uplifting love of the outdoors. Even when communication was difficult as a result of her disease, Joy would still smile and try to speak with strangers while out on a walk; and, she never tired of pointing out a beautiful sky, clouds, tall trees and colourful flowers. A celebration of Joy's life will be held at Sand's Funeral Home, 1 Newcastle Ave., Nanaimo B.C. on March 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Condolences can be expressed, and photos shared at www.sandsfuneral.com/nanaimo.
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