November 27, 1934 – March 7, 2014
Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend passed away peacefully on Friday March 7, 2014.
She is survived by her sons, Leslie, Larry, Lyle, Michael, and daughter Cathie. Joan also leaves her sister Debra, brother James, along with many cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Eugene Johnson (1971) and second husband, William Vesper (1975). She was also predeceased by her eldest daughter, Susan (2009).
Joan was born in North Vancouver, BC, where she had many fond memories. At the age of 12,Joan along with her parents Donald and Dorothy, moved to Keremeos, BC and then onto Monte Lake, BC.
It was in Monte Lake where she met and married her first husband Eugene (Gene). They settled in Kamloops, BC and began to raise a family. They loved to enjoy outdoor activities such as camping and fishing. Gene passed away from multiple sclerosis in 1971.
A few years after Gene’s death, Joan married William (Bill) Vesper. Their son Michael was born in May of 1975 and Bill passed away in December of that same year.
Joan moved to Clearwater, BC in the early ‘80s and this remained her home until her stroke in 2013. She had a real love for life and laughter. She loved her family and friends and had a strong faith in Jehovah God.
Special thanks to Dr. Howie, the staff at Ponderosa Lodge, and to Gemstone Care facility in Kamloops, BC for their outstanding care and compassion.
There will be no formal service by request.
Because of the special place in Joan’s heart for animals of all kind, and should friends desire, donations can be made to any animal welfare agency of your choice.