Mom passed away peacefully at the age of 91.
She lived a full life, born in Torquay, England moving to London where she studied nursing at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing during WW 2 and so began her lifelong devotion as a caregiver. In 1957 Mom sailed on the Empress of France to Halifax, traveling across Canada by train to visit her sister & family in Kimberley, BC. Here she met my Dad (Jim) and they raised my brother and I; a six month visit that turned into a lifetime in Canada. It was in Kimberley that she continued her devotion as care giver, working as a nurse at the Kimberley General Hospital, later as Care Coordinator at the Pines Special Care Home and in her retired years looking after my dad and her pets. She had many fond memories of working with the “girls” at the Pines and still enjoyed keeping in touch with them. We had many good times as a family growing up in Kimberley, spending summer vacations camping with friends in Penticton or going to Saskatchewan to visit Dad’s family. In 1990, both retired, Mom & Dad moved to Campbell River to be closer to Tim & I and my family. They both enjoyed the Island & always said they never regretted moving. Both Tim & Dad passed far too young, but Mom continued to enjoy her home & Island living, eventually moving in 2000 into Ironwood Place in Campbell River. Here she befriended many good & caring people; both fellow residents and staff that meant a lot to her.
Thanks Mom for not only being my mother but a best friend and along with Dad for instilling the things in me that have made me who I am today… and for the treasure trove of wonderful memories… until we meet again!
Joan is survived by Michael & Debbie, grandchildren Christopher, Stephanie, Lindsey & special friends Ernst & Lori Leitz Many thanks to staff at Ironwood Place, the Community Care workers, Dr. Meckin & the nurses on 2nd floor, who were all so kind and caring to my Mom.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Joan at Ironwood Place Assisted Living Care Home in Campbell River from 2 – 3:30 pm, Saturday March 28 2015.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.