Joan Marion (Clarke) Bennett

Born in Vancouver October 21, 1933 died in her garden in Nanaimo on November 12, 2013.

Joan grew up in Vancouver with her parents, Roy and Hilda and older sister, Edith until she finished her degree at UBC. Joan married Bruce, her loving husband of over 50 years, and moved to Prince Rupert to work and raise their family. A busy mother and volunteer, Joan also worked a variety of jobs including as a bacteriologist which contributed to her “rather basic sense of humour”.

Joan and Bruce lived a life of adventure together including: family boating; global sailing trips; countless trips in their RV and in small planes. Joan and Bruce lived for thirty happy years on Thetis Island; Joan moved to Nanaimo following his death. Joan continued her adventures by celebrating her 80th birthday with family by riding a river canyon Zip Line. Joan was a quiet and loving mother and friend who maintained friendships from Grade One through to her Nanaimo sewing, swimming and church friends. Joan was a lifelong volunteer and always gave generously of her time and energy to support the community around her in practical ways.

Joan will be forever missed by her children: Graham, Colin (Donna), Marian and Keith; her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A Celebration of her Life was held on Saturday, November 23rd at the Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Rd, Nanaimo. In lieu of flowers, please support your community.

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