Joan Beryl Green passed away peacefully and as always on her own terms, on the evening of September 18, 2010 at Piccadilly Care Centre in Salmon Arm.
Joan was born on April 9, 1937 in Enderby, the fourth of five children to Lloyd and Ethel Bertram. She was raised in various locations in the Okanagan and Kootenay regions. Joan married James Green in 1955 and moved around the Caribou and Okanagan before settling in Salmon Arm to raise her family.
Mom made a career of being a housewife and stay at home mother. She spent countless hours driving her children to competitive swimming events and loudly cheering from the stands. She would always be checking homework, cooking, canning and baking. Mom always welcomed friends and family alike into her home with endless cups of tea.
Mom was an avid reader, crossword puzzle solver, and loved doing jigsaw puzzles. She spent many hours in these solitary pursuits and would share with anyone what she had learned. Mom was a skilled 5 pin bowler and willingly shared her talent by coaching and volunteering with the youth bowlers.
The greatest joy in her life was when her grandchildren came along. She was happiest when she had one, two and sometimes three little ones in her lap, reading stories to them. Some stories she had read literally hundreds of times, but she did not mind at all.
In recent years, Mom’s failing health made it necessary to move into Piccadilly Care Centre. She truly felt at home there, and kept her sense of humour right up till the end of her life.
Joan is survived by her children , Marylyn (Fred) McAllister, Joy Green, Karen (Bill) MacKintosh, Barb (Gord) Scafe, Jim (Stacy) Green. Her grandchildren whom she was so proud of, Matt & Brandi McAllister, Travis (Katie) McAllister, Bobbie Lee (Troy) Green, Michael (Krista) MacKintosh, Nick & Missy MacKintosh, Carmen MacKintosh,
Leah Scafe, Conor & Shawna Scafe, Brady Scafe, Brandon Boyd. Her great grandchildren, Kiara and Cason McAllister. Joan leaves her siblings, Doreen Austin, Joyce Scott, and Glenn Bertram.
Her family would like to thank all the “Care Angels” at Piccadilly Care Centre who looked after Mom with infinite patience, compassion and laughter, which she loved. They would also like to thank Dr. Grant McCallum and her health care professionals for the care and attention to Mom’s well being, especially these last few years.
As were her wishes, Mom will be cremated and there will be no formal service. A family event is planned with lots of music, food, laughter and love.
“A mother is the only person on earth,
Who can divide her love among five children
And each child still have all her love. “
Arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD. Salmon Arm, (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories at www.fischersfuneralservices.com