Joan Martin


OCTOBER 18, 1930 – JULY 21, 2017

Joan’s family are having a gathering on Saturday September 23 at 2:00 pm in the Clubhouse at Sandpiper, 1220 – 25th Avenue in Vernon. Friends from outside the complex are requested to park their cars on 25th Avenue.

Joan’s wish was to be cremated. Internment in the columbarium at All Saints’ Anglican Church has already taken place.

Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, eldest daughter of Helen (Marshall) and Edgar Bailey. She is survived by her husband Kent, and also her brother Bill Bailey of Mississauga, Ontario. She was predeceased by her sister Eleanor McCarthy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Joan met Kent at the wedding of a mutual friend in 1954. They were a match, and married in June 1956.

Joan is also survived by her two children, son Peter (Jill) of Vernon, daughter Jane Peterson (Dan) of Kamloops, and their three children Rebecca, Robert and Riley. There are also cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews residing all over Canada. Joan was admired and loved by her immediate and extended family and friends, and she reciprocated as a caring and considerate wife, mother and grandmother.

During her life sports and community service were uppermost. While in Dartmouth, in the sixties she was President of the Kiwanis Ladies Auxiliary, Treasurer of Maid Marion Chapter I.O.D.E, and a member of the founding building committee for the Dartmouth YM/YWCA. She was an active committee member in Christ Church, where she was married. Following Kent’s transfer from Dartmouth to Vancouver in 1972, she was an active committee member and worker at St. Martin’s Anglican Church in North Vancouver.

Her engine was always charged when sports were involved. As a competitive canoeist and swimmer, they still took second place for her love of curling and golf. She curled in Dartmouth and North Vancouver for 30 plus years. She reached a pinnacle in her curling career in 1982 as a member of the Ladies Team from the North Shore Winter Club and won the provincial championship. They represented BC at the Canadian Senior Ladies curling championship in Montreal, where they finished a respectable third.

Joan’s golf began in her early 20’s in Dartmouth, continued in North Vancouver, and was still playing in her 80’s in Vernon. Prior to Kent’s retirement they managed some short trips south in the winter. 1989 was the start of 22 years spending part of each winter, first in Arizona, then in the Southern California desert in Borrego Springs at the Roadrunner Club. The best part, the club had two golf courses on the property.

Joan requested no flowers. Should you choose, a donation to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation or any charity of your choice would please her.

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