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Born: Feb 26, 1936

Date of Passing: Dec 27, 2019

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It's with profound sadness that we announce, peacefully after a battle with cancer, Joan passed away on Friday, December 27, 2019.
She is survived by her dear friend Elaine James; her sister-in-law Ruby Ingram; nephews, Rod Ingram and Mark Hungerford (Martha) and Carley; niece Shelley Hopper (Dwayne) and Lauren, and Lindsey and their families. Also left are many cousins and extended family that were so very special to Joan, including her longtime friend and teammate Laurie Bradawaski.
She was predeceased by her parents, Ben and Alberta Ingram; her brother Richard (Dick) Ingram; her twin sisters, Doreen Thomas and Diane Hungerford; her brother- in-law Orv Thomas; and nephew Bob Thomas.
Joan was born February 26, 1936 in Oakville, MB. She lived in Oakville until she finished school and made so many great friends who she kept in touch with until this day. The Ingram's had a café in Oakville, where undoubtedly a lot of her friendships were formed. She moved to Winnipeg to start her working career with Eaton's Catalogue Store until it closed. She then worked with the City of Winnipeg (Parks and Recreation Department) until she retired at age 60.
She was approached to play softball for C.U.A.C. when she moved to Winnipeg and did so for many years. With her help and many others, the team was able to win the 1st Women's Western Canadian Softball Championship for Manitoba in 1957 and continued to dominate the Senior Ladies softball League by winning the Canadian Championship in 1965.
Joan could be found coaching the St. Boniface Royalettes Senior Women's Softball Team along with her good friend from Oakville, Joyce Tully. She was always willing to help any athlete whether they asked her or she offered without hesitation. Joan's sportsmanship was unparalleled, win or lose, and could be found after the game socializing with her competition. Joan's dedication to softball allowed her and her C.U.A.C. team to be inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame as a team and also an individual. The C.U.A.C. team was also inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, where she was honoured as well as a individual top athlete.
Curling was another passion of Joan's. She won her only Canadian Women's Dominion Curling Championship, with Betty Duguid as skip in 1967. She was a four-time Manitoba Women's Curling Champion; a four-time Manitoba Senior Women's Curling Champion and the first Manitoba Masters Women's Provincial Champion. She led many of her women's and senior women's teams to numerous provincial and national championships over the course of her athletic career. She was inducted into the Manitoba Curling hall of fame as an individual in 1989, as well in 1992 with the Betty Duguid team.
You could also find Joan on the golf courses, especially at CFB Winnipeg or Charleswood Legion tournaments held at Player's Golf Course.
Joan was fiercely competitive, proud, loud and loving sister, aunt, and friend with a big heart.
She was a class act and was very well respected by so many people. She truly loved to socialize, entertain and supported the Blue Bombers and the Winnipeg Jets. Her doors were always open to friends and family. She will be truly missed by a host of relatives and friends.
The family would like to send special thanks to all the home care workers, special friends (Colette, Karen, Debbie, Cheryl, Grace, May and Eddie) and relatives who supported Joan and Elaine with all their needs; visited her at home, and at Lion's Manor during her most difficult times.
We would also like to thank the nurses and doctors that took such excellent care of her at the Grace Hospital, St. Boniface Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, CancerCare Manitoba, Parkview Place and Lions Manor. Special mention to Wheels of Hope who made sure Joan made it to all of her appointments safely and on time.
Cremation has taken place at her request. A graveside service will take place at a later date in Oakville Cemetery.
A reception will be held at Deer Lodge Community Club, 323 Bruce Avenue, Winnipeg, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Formal activities to start at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments and cash bar available.
Thank you to Kathy Penner and the funeral home staff for helping us at this very difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

Publish Date: Jan 4, 2020


Peacefully on Monday, December 27, 2019, Joan passed away.
Arrangements pending.
Cremation has taken place.
Longer obituary to appear Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services.

Publish Date: Jan 2, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 02, 2020, Jan 04, 2020

Condolences & Memories (21 entries)

  • So sorry, just heard. Betty Duguid was my mother and as such I have many rich memories of Joan , Laurie , and Dot rose, the 1967 Cdn Womens Chamionship team they belonged to withmy mother. Mom and Joan remained friends 'til my mother passed a few years ago in Wilmette Il. Joan was a wonderful woman and will be missed by many and not forgotten - Posted by: Greg Dinning (family friend) on: Mar 09, 2020

  • I just saw I'm sorry, Diane I'm very sorry for your family. Regards Hanna Finnbogason - Posted by: Hanna Finnbogason (Friend) on: Feb 02, 2020

  • Pauline played ball with Joan many moons ago. Pauline lived on Beverley St and she was also known as Fatty. Many memories - Posted by: Pauline Sawchuk, Isabelle MacKay(Sawchuk) (Old friend) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • I had the honour of inducting Joan into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame in 2004. She was without question one of the best softball players ever produced in Manitoba and a leader on the CUAC Blues team that won so many championships including our province's first Canadian women's championship in 1965. Joan was always fun to be around. - Posted by: Kent Morgan (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. I curled against Joan in the 80s and 90s. A lot of good memories from Deer Lodge CC days and Mb provincial battles. Joan was a fierce competitor yet a true sportsperson all the way! She role modelled what sportsmanship was all about for us young curlers back then. Win or lose ... up for a drink after the game to laugh and replay a few shots. Rest In Peace Joan! - Posted by: Laurie ellwood (Friend) on: Jan 10, 2020

  • Our condolences to the family and friends of Joan. She was a very special person and touched many lives. - Posted by: John and Shelly McEachern (Friends) on: Jan 09, 2020

  • Cleghorn My mother (Berna) considered Joan as one of her dear friends. - Posted by: Arla D Cleghorn (Friend) on: Jan 08, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences from Donald, Berna, Dwight, and Arla, (William & Dion) - Posted by: The Cleghorn Family (friends) on: Jan 08, 2020

  • Like Cathy and Chris, I too have vivid memories of curling against Joan and her team in the zone playdowns, at the Highlander on Ellice Avenue (late 80s and early 90s). Remember those triangular handles? Every game went down to the wire and there was lots of laughs and she was so competitive, not worried about playing these young folks. Great stories after the games. It was an inspirational time. I think my future mother-in-law might have even played softball against her and she recalled stories of using toilet paper rolls as bowling balls in hotel hallways. I suspect the service on Saturday will be full of these stories and I sure wish I could be there. Joan will be missed. Thinking of you all. - Posted by: Karen Purdy (Curling) on: Jan 07, 2020

  • I had the privilege of getting to know Joan at my work. She had a bigger than life personality and I don’t think I ever saw her when she wasn’t having a good time even when she had reasons not to. She will be missed. Rest In Peace Joan. Jean (Marigold restaurant) - Posted by: Jean Giesbrecht (Friend) on: Jan 06, 2020

  • I remember so many late nights at the old Fort Garry Curling Club on Main St.... so many fun times on and off the ice... so many good memories. She will be missed. - Posted by: Chris (Pidzarko) Scalena (friend) on: Jan 05, 2020

  • One of the friendliest and kindest woman in curling. She and her team would sit and share a drink win or lose. - Posted by: Karen Zapisocki (Curling) on: Jan 05, 2020

  • Joan, you were always an AMAZING person. You were loved and admired by all. Sending prayers and kind thoughts to all of her family and many many friends. - Posted by: Mindy Lestage (Family Friend) on: Jan 05, 2020

  • I was sorry to read of Joan's passing. I remember Joan as a keen competitor but always gracious, win or lose. Our rivalry goes back to when Chris [Scalena] and I were juniors just breaking on to the curling scene in the mid 1970s. We felt we would improve our curling skills the most by joining the best competitive women's curling league in the city at the time which was The Fort Gary C.C. I remember looking up to Joan and her team, always having close games, always learning something new about strategy, team play and "one-up-manship". She was a fierce competitor on the ice and played hard, After the game it was fun to sit around and hear her curling exploits . She was a very fine person and I consider it a pleasure to have shared some curling moments with her. - Posted by: Cathy [Pidzarko] Shaw (friend and curling rival) on: Jan 05, 2020

  • Always Enjoyed seeing Joan and Elaine at the Restaurant. They were such positive women that knew how to have a good time. My sincere condolences to Elaine and family. - Posted by: Gary ((Captain's Table Restaurant & Lounge)) on: Jan 04, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to family and friends of Joan. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. I was a school mate of Joan's and we had many fun times playing together as children. We kept in touch over the years by class reunions and crossing paths on other occasions. I felt very proud of her when she was inducted into the Sports Hall of fame for her many accomplishments. - Posted by: Nan Christie (friend and classmate) on: Jan 04, 2020

  • Our sincere condolences go out to Joan’s family and friends. Joan was a great women and competitor. DLLCC - Posted by: Deer Lodge Ladies Curling Club (Friends ) on: Jan 04, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Joan’s family and friends. She was a very kind, fun lady whose company I always enjoyed when our paths crossed at bonspiels and Deer Lodge Curling Club. Rest In Peace Joan. - Posted by: John Allardyce (Curling) on: Jan 04, 2020

  • So very sorry to hear of Joans’ passing. I know myself, and my late Mom, Betty Birchall, enjoyed curling against her but mostly enjoyed the fun loving person she was after games. - Posted by: Gaye Birchall (Friend) on: Jan 04, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Joan's passing. She will be remembered as a true fun friend And competitor by me. - Posted by: Iris Armstrong (Friend) on: Jan 04, 2020

  • Joan was such a good friend to me, golfing, trip to Mesa, and shares drinks with her and Elaine. Joan would call me and say come over for a wine. Love you Joan and will miss you forever. Cheryl - Posted by: Cheryl DePape (Good friend) on: Jan 03, 2020

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