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Born: Mar 04, 1933

Date of Passing: Aug 09, 2021

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Tragically, Joan Barbara Shelton passed on August 9, 2021, due to injuries sustained from a hit and run.
Predeceased by parents Jack and Jeanne Shelton, brother John Shelton and grandnephew Sam Shelton. Joan is survived by sister-in-law Grace Shelton, nephew Norm (Tracey) Shelton and children, Ben, Hayley and Taylor; and niece Lori (Keith) Bilous and their daughters, Kirstin and Miranda.
Born March 4, 1933 in Winnipeg, Joan spent most of her childhood in Prince Rupert and Victoria with her father's military career. She lived in Calgary, Vancouver and northern BC before returning to Winnipeg in 1969 to pursue a career in nursing.
While she never married or had children of her own, Joan's happiest and most treasured times were spent with her niece and nephew and their children. From taking them on adventures and attending each celebration to writing heartfelt, personal messages in every birthday and Christmas card, Joan loved her family and enjoyed watching her grandnieces and grandnephew become young adults.
Joan's love of family led her to become a genealogy buff and she spent countless hours researching and cataloguing her family roots - even travelling to Salt Lake City in her early 80s to visit the world's largest genealogy library. She loved to travel and hoped to go on a European river cruise when COVID restrictions eased.
Joan loved the majesty of nature and that helped her discover a new passion later in life at the Forum Art Centre. A talented artist, her creative and colourful paintings are treasured heirlooms in her family's homes.
A strong and proud woman, Joan was fiercely independent. She found adventure wherever she went, walking and busing to all corners of the city. At 85, she moved to a seniors residence, only to move out months later saying she was "too young" to live there. Joan was a kind and generous soul who gave to charity and helped those in need whenever she could.
Following Joan's wishes, there will be a private family gathering and cremation.
A special thank you to the Winnipeg Police and Fire Parademic Services, Drs. Wtorek and McCarthy, nurses Anna and Carolyn and the many bystanders for their kindness and compassion to our dear Aunty Joan. May she rest in peace.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 21, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • In reading the several articles that were written about Joan in the Free Press and now this obituary, it makes me wish that I had known her. All of these writings are such a wonderful tribute to her life. I and my husband had just moments with her to console her while waiting for the paramedics to arrive. She sounds like she was such a remarkable woman. Her life impacted so many people. She loved well and was well loved. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family and friends who are missing her. You lived well, Joan. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Kay Wagener (First on the scene of the accident) on: Sep 02, 2021

  • We are saddened to hear of Joan's passing at Winnipeg Hearing Centre. We truly enjoyed each time she visited our office. She was one of our favorites, that's for sure. RIP Joan. - Posted by: Kim (contact at Hearing Centre) on: Aug 23, 2021

  • I met Joan as a regular visitor to the Manitoba Genealogical Society and she soon became a friend as well as a fellow researcher. I was shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. She quite often spoke of her family with great affection. My condolences on your loss. - Posted by: Mona Phillip (Friend) on: Aug 22, 2021

  • Paul and I are saddened by Joan's passing. We got to know Joan very well as she was our neighbor on Masson. Very often we would chat, she had such positive outlook on life. She had many talents and interests - we were fortunate to have had the opportunity to appreciate her culinary skills. Our most sincere condolences to Joan's family. Claudette - Posted by: Claudette Baril (friend) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • I am saddened to hear about your beloved aunt and offer my condolences. Joan was a mentor to me at St. Boniface Hospital in the Mental Health program. I learned so much from her. She treated the patients with kindness, respect and dignity. She was one of those individuals who thought "outside the box". She spoke very fondly of her nieces & nephews. I loved to hear her stories about their lives & activities. In the days and months ahead I am sure that she would want you to remember all the good times and not dwell on her tragic ending. - Posted by: Liz Cronk (fellow nurse) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • Although we lost touch over the years with Joan,.. I remember many good times spent at auntie Jeanne & uncle Jack's place. My step-father, Albert was auntie Jeanne's brother. Joan took our two daughters to see a musical downtown & she also taught my younger brother, Denis (he recently told me) how to drive a car. On my step-father's side, she was one of my favorite cousins. R.I.P. Joan... I am sure you are going to be missed. - Posted by: Janice & husband Steve Zelonko & family (cousin ) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • It broke our heart to hear of Joan’s tragic passing. We met Joan when she lived in St-B, same condo as our parents. She then painted with Patrick at Forum Art. I would offer her a ride home when I would pick up my husband. Joan was always so very grateful. A truly beautiful and kind lady. May your memories of Joan help ease your loss. Our deepest condolences. - Posted by: Suzanne & Patrick LeMadec (Friends) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • I will always remember my cousin Joan growing up. She gave me my first driving lesson driving in the St. Boniface cemetery until we were kicked out. She was always so kind. I was shocked when I read the story how she died. I hope she is now meeting her Mom and Dad and my Mom and Dad. I miss them all. R.I.P. Joan - Posted by: Denis Vulliez (cousin) on: Aug 21, 2021

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