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Born: Dec 21, 1926

Date of Passing: Nov 07, 2020

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December 21, 1926 - November 7, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother at the Grace Hospital on November 7, 2020.
She was predeceased by her husband John in 2011. They were married for 64 years. She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter Diane (Brian), grandson Sean (Jackie), and great-grandsons, Jayden and Kealan. She is survived by her sister Gladys, as well as nieces and nephews, all in England.
Joan came to Canada in December 1956 and started working at Sears Canada in their head office in Toronto in January 1957 where she worked for 26 years, retiring in 1983. She and John moved to Winnipeg in 1989 to be closer to family. For the last 11 years, she resided at Seine River Retirement Residence where she took part in all the activities they had to offer. She particularly enjoyed the art classes and playing Bingo.
Joan will always be remembered by her family and friends for her generosity and loving personality.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Grace Hospital for their support and compassion during this difficult time. They also thank Dr. Bruce MacLeod for his care over the years and all the staff and friends at Seine River for their many kindnesses.
Cremation has taken place and she will be placed to rest with her beloved John. Unfortunately, due to the present Covid-19 restrictions, a memorial service cannot be held at this time.
If friends wish, in lieu of flowers, a donation to CancerCare Manitoba or the Winnipeg Humane Society would be appreciated (or to a charity of your choice).

Family and friends may sign a
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Glen Lawn Funeral Home

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • In my time working and painting with Joan, I witnessed a beautiful growth and transformation through her various works. I would challenge her continually, and she would respond with amazing results. It is a wonder (maybe a miracle) when a person realizes that they can create something beautiful in the midst of pain, discomfort, and necessity. Truly I was blessed to be with her, and more over, to see her manifest in her paintings, something beautiful, that overcame even the most challenging stages of life. Inspiring! May her memory be eternal! - Posted by: Gregory Scratch (Friend/teacher) on: Nov 25, 2020

  • I worked at Seine River this summer and got to know Joan in my time there. Joan was the type of person that when the term “delightful” was said, Joan came to mind. I would visit her in her room to keep her company and she would tell me stories from her life. She was so proud to tell me that she once worked with Sir. Edmund Hillary, and even got a picture with Prince Charles once! Joan would reflect on how she had so much love for her daughter Diana, and her late husband John. I offer my sincerest condolences to Joan’s family and friends, as I know how much of a beacon of joy she was to everyone she came across. - Posted by: Emily (Seine River ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Diane, Brian, Sean and family we send our sincere condolences. Your mom and dad were wonderful neighbours. Always a pleasure to visit and join them for afternoon tea and biscuits at times. Take care. Ray & Ivy - Posted by: Ray (Jones) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Diane, Brian and family we are mourning your loss alongside you. Joan was such a vibrant part of our community and her smile lit up the room. She and I "go way back" to her early days at Seine River with John. She was always so caring and considerate to everyone she met and welcoming to new tenants. She left us with so many memories and laughs over the years. Our deepest condolences to all of you, her legacy will live on through you all and those handsome great-grandsons she spoke of often. - Posted by: Angela Aitchison (Manager at Seine River Retirement Residence ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Joan was always a very out going person, we enjoyed her at Sears. She did in joy life and she will be missed. - Posted by: Bill Mitchell (Co worker and head of social club) on: Nov 21, 2020

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