It is with the greatest sadness and heavy hearts, that we announce the loss of the most wonderful, caring, generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt, cousin teacher and friend.
Joan was born in New Westminster on March 10, 1944. She lived in Haney for 11 years and then moved to New Westminster where she completed the rest of her public schooling. She attended U.B.C. for two years and completed her basic teacher training. It was during her first year at university that she met the love of her life, Gordon. They were married June 15, 1963. This marriage of almost 49 years was filled to the brim with love, respect, admiration and friendship that never faded and never will.
Joan and Gord had many adventures in Courtney, where Joan taught for two years, Vancouver for one year as Gord returned to U.B.C. , and then on to Texada Island for three years. It was then time to settle in Salmon Arm, build a home and start a family, Kevan (1971), Krista (1973) and Jodie (1974). When the kids were in, or approaching school- age, Joan returned to teaching part time. Joan was a passionate, dedicated teacher who loved her students, parents and colleagues. Her desire to travel was the only thing that tore her away from her love of teaching, so she finally accepted retirement in 2002.
She was able to enjoy travelling with her soul-mate and husband, Gord, to many places. However, her goal of seeing most of the countries of the world was interrupted by her short battle with cancer.
Left to cherish the memories are husband Gordon, children Kevan (Narcena), Krista (Troy) McLean, Jodie Wentworth, mother Lois Phillips, brother Bill Phillips, sister-in law Doreen (Harvey) Pomrenke and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She fought hard for a little more time with her precious grandchildren, Draven Wentworth, Kieran McLean and a grand-daughter-to-be Rachel McLean. A more loving, special grandmother is not to be found.
To honour Joan`s wishes, no funeral service will be held at this time, but a celebration of her life will be held later in the summer so family and friends can gather.
Should friends desire, donations in Joan`s name, could be made to the Shuswap Lake Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, or a charity of ones` choice.
Our sincere appreciation is sent to Dr. Plessis, Dr. Main, and all those who gave care during Joan`s battle with cancer.
Good bye our Joan. Rest in peace. You have touched so many in your life and will always continue to be remembered, loved and cherished.
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