Joan Margaret Patterson

Joan Margaret Patterson

Joan Patterson passed quietly on November 8, 2013.  She was born in Duncan, B.C. in 1921 and raised in Los Angeles, California.  The Patterson family relished their family summers in the Shuswap area from 1963.  Joan and her husband John retired to the Shuswap area in 1980.  In Los Angeles she graduated from UCLA, had two children, Colleen and Jeff, and was active in all family activities.  She came to work professionally as a fund raiser for Angeles Girl Scout Council.  After relocating to the Shuswap area, Joan and John were co-founders of the Shuswap Arts Festival, held annually in Sorrento in July.  She remained active in many tourism activities including Shuswap Tourism and a volunteer at Haney House.

She is survived by her children and their families:  Colleen & Paul East, Jeff and Martha Patterson, granddaughters Katie Patterson and Stacey Berger and great granddaughter Heidi Berger.  Her brother Bob Savage of Lyndon, Washington and many cousins in Vancouver, B.C. area that survive her remember her with a big smile for the love and service that she willingly provided over the years (we all remember the 1983 Family Reunion that she and John hosted in Notch Hill). While her family misses her, they know that she is at peace with the rest of her family.

A celebration of Joan’s life will be held on Saturday November 23, 2013 at 2pm from Bowers Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dan Meakes officiating. A reception will follow the service allowing friends and family to continue sharing memories.

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