Joan was born in Melfort, Sask.and passed away suddenly Jan. 12, 2019 at the age of 90.
She was predeceased by her parents Wilf and Nancy Holroyd, her brother Wilfred, her grandson Johnathan, great-grandson Brayden, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Eleanor Holroyd, Frank and Edith Olmsted, Walter (Sonny) Lane, Arthur Hobbs, Lloyd and Lily Norman, Keith Lane and Bev Cossett.
Joan will be missed by her husband John, her children Ken (Aileen), Barbara Ball (Ron), Lynette Piccin (Rocci) and Murray, as well as 20 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Pearl Hobbs, Eva Cossett, Sheila Lane and Violet Holroyd, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Joan married John Lane in Abbotsford in 1950. Most of their 68 years together were spent in Merritt, where they raised their four children.
Joan had graduated from Pitman Business School in Vancouver 1948 and used those skills throughout her life in various jobs. One of her favourite things was to reconcile her bank statement…to the penny! The last several years were overshadowed by health problems – diabetes, losing most of her sight to glaucoma and the pain of osteoarthritis.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 at 2 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, corner of Sunset St. and Thorpe Ave., Merritt.