Joan passed away peacefully in Edmonton at the age of 89 years. She is survived by her children, Colin (Sandra), Lynne (Doug Sigler) and Stuart (Anne), of Ottawa, Edmonton, and Kaslo, respectively; grandchildren, Teri (Jeff Green), Roger (Tracey), Sarah (Darren Penner), Noel; and 6 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Ray, in 2009 and by sisters, Susan (UK) and Kay (NZ).
Joan was born in a small cottage below Warwick Castle in Warwick, England where her family operated a large laundry and dry-cleaners. Joan married Ray in 1941 when both were serving in H.M. Forces during WWII. She joined the Field Aid Nursing Yeomanry and later the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Services where she was a transport driver in the blood transfusion service which had great demands as the war casualty rate increased. In 1954, the family emigrated to Acadia Valley, AB, where they were warmly embraced by the prairie community. In 1956, they moved to Red Deer where Joan worked for 12 years at the former Provincial Training School. They enjoyed life and friendships in Red Deer for 50 years until moving to Edmonton due to declining health.
We remember Mom as strong, cheerful, and stylish; as a resolute decision maker, and as someone interested in life who always looked forward. As Joan wished, cremation has taken place and no funeral service will be held.
If friends desire, donations may be made to the Dr. Gerald Zetter Continuing Care Centre in Edmonton, where Joan and Ray received compassionate care, or to the Canadian Red Cross.
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