Joan Lindsay Blomquist

Joan Lindsay Blomquist

Joan Lindsay Blomquist passed away peacefully in Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm, BC on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at the age of 89 years.

Born Joan Lindsay Turner in Preston, Lancashire, England on February 23, 1923, she was raised by her grandmother, coming to Canada in 1926 to Manitoba and in her late teen’s moving to Vancouver. Joan was proud of her service in the Army Pipe Band during WW 11, traveling to many locations and had the pleasure of shaking hands with the Queen. She married Walter Blomquist on November 9, 1956 and moved to Malakwa, where she quickly started her family.

Joan loved nature, animals of all sizes, never giving a second thought to what her girls brought home. She is well remembered for her love of cooking, baking, especially her Chinese Food. Determination and being outspoken was part of her personality, at the same time she enjoyed humor, was very social, and believed happiness was important in this life.

Survived by her loving family, husband, Walter; 2 daughters, Judy Johnston of Malakwa, and Coleen (Neil) Reiswig of Sicamous; 4 grandchildren, Hailey and Taren Johnston, Kent and Brennen Reiswig, ½ brother, Joe Welsh of Singapore.

A celebration of life service was held from the Malakwa Community Hall on Saturday afternoon, August 25th at 1 p.m. with Jack Bowers the celebrant. Tributes were shared by family and friends with Honors presented by comrades of the Sicamous Royal Canadian Legion. Interment followed in the family plot in Malakwa Cemetery with daughters Coleen and Judy the urn bearers. Honorary Pallbearers were Neil, Kent and Brennen Reiswig, Bruce, Kent and Bryan Blomquist. A reception, provided by the community members, followed back in the Hall, allowing time for friends to continue sharing memories with the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC VIE 4N3

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Funeral arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.

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