Joan died peacefully on April 10, 2014 at the age of 87, predeceased by her husband, Bob, in 2002. She will be greatly missed by her son, Ross, daughter, Janine, sisters, Mary and Betty, sister-in-law, Christina and many relatives and friends.
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Joan was born in Spalding, Saskatchewan on April 30, 1926. After graduating from Grade 12 in 1943, she took a 6-week training course aimed at alleviating the shortage of teachers during World War II. Her first assignment was in a one room school house where she taught students from grades 1-11. In early 1945, Joan joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps and worked as a teletype operator in Ottawa. After reuniting with her family in Duncan after the war, Joan attended Normal School teacher training in Victoria with her sister Betty. Once accredited, she taught in Duncan where she was involved in many community activities, including performing in local operatic productions. In 1954, Joan moved to Vancouver to continue teaching. There she met Bob and they married in 1958. Joan was a lifelong member of the United Church of Canada. Passionate about justice issues, she was a strong supporter of the church's decision to ordain gays and lesbians to ministry. The memory of Joan's radiant smile and loving presence will be treasured by all who knew her.
A celebration of Joan's life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at South Burnaby United Church, 7591 Gray Avenue, Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Apr. 25 to May 24, 2014