January 28, 1942 – October 23, 2015
It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Joanne, with family and dear friend by her side. She is survived by her loving husband Don, twin daughters Corinne and Lisa, step-sons Lloyd (Erma) and Craig (Jackie), mother (Evelyn), sister Marilyn (Ken), brother Graeme, grandchildren Dion, Taran, Cara and Russell, best friend Tosh and loving dog Sasha and granddog Kariya.
She was predeceased by her father Len, mother-in-law Fran and father-in-law Percy. Born in Vernon, Joanne enjoyed all the Okanagan had to offer.
She was a figure skater; recreational skater up until winter of 2014. She enjoyed swimming, skiing — downhill and cross-country, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. She was a founding member of the Vernon Snowmobile Club.
She enjoyed landscape painting, quilting, knitting, sewing but not mending. She was a gourmet cook who enjoyed feeding family and friends. You were always welcome at her table and never left hungry and with a doggy bag. Her Welsh Cakes became a legend. Joanne incorporated the 100-Mile diet into her life some 55 years ago. She fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a teacher in her late 30’s, teaching for 20 years until her retirement. Her vocabulary did not include the phrase “I can’t”. Joanne’s life was cut short but it was full and her last days she found within herself to smile, joke and laugh. We will remember and miss her forever. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 1:30 pm to 4 pm at the Schubert Center. In lieu of flowers, those friends or family wishing to do so may make a donation in her memory to the teacher’s scholarship fund or the charity of your choice.