MILLER, Barbara "Joan" (nee Kerr)
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Barbara "Joan" Miller (nee Kerr) passed peacefully on Friday, January 4, 2013, in Calgary surrounded by her family after a courageous journey with cancer. Joan was born March 7, 1953 in Watrous, SK. She was predeceased by her grandparents William (Bill) Irvine and Isabel (Woodland) Irvine and Homer and Elizabeth (Wilson) Kerr as well as her father Edward John Kerr in 1983. Joan is survived by her mother Elizabeth (Betty) I. Kerr (Irvine); her best friend and loving husband of 37 years, Reg W. Miller; son Kevin Miller (Dorlisa Lam); daughter Heather Miller; siblings, William (Bill) Kerr (Pam Chase) of Calgary and Ellen (Kerr) McClughan (Neil) of Regina; mother-in-law Yvonne E. Miller (nee Aumack) of Trail, BC; brothers-in-law Hugh Miller (Gail Gabana) of Trail, BC; Gordon Miller (Kathy Hudspith) of Victoria, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Joan grew up on the PFRA pasture at Hatfield near Nokomis, SK. The eldest of three children, Joan graduated in Nokomis, and obtained her Diploma in Biological Sciences in Saskatoon. She met her soul- mate and married Reg July 5, 1975 and moved to Calgary where their two children were born. Joan worked at the University of Calgary for 34 years in the Medical Research labs, and retired in 2009. Joan was a genetic genealogist who used DNA technology and social media to complement traditional research. She was involved in various genealogy societies and kept a top-rated blog. Joan was named a Distinguished Toastmaster, loved to travel and led an active life. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched. The family would like to thank the staff at Tom Baker Cancer Centre for the incredible care and compassion they showed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kiva - Genealogist for Families Project (http://www.kiva.org/team/genealogists). A Celebration of Life Service for Joan will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Thornhill Baptist Church, 128 Tache Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.ca. FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM. Telephone: 403-297-0888. Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2013