Joan Roberta Hopkins

July 18, 1934 – November 27, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joan Roberta Hopkins, beloved Wife, Mother, Grandma, Sister, Aunt, and friend.  Joan was born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia and passed away peacefully in Parksville, British Columbia.  She is predeceased by her dearly loved husband John Hugh Hopkins and parents Robert Douglas Hopkins and Alice May Hopkins (nee Tolley).  Joan is survived by her daughters Cindy Hopkins and Shannon Yaredic (John), her grandchildren Robyn (Gary) and Joanna Yaredic, her sister Margaret, her brothers Robert and Allan, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Joan was a one-of-a-kind dynamo with boundless energy that she channelled into hobbies such as, gardening, softball, and genealogy.  She took great pleasure in researching the Hopkins family tree and connecting with relatives all over Canada, the United States, Ireland, and England, forming many rewarding friendships.  Joan was also an avid volunteer, lending her time and talent to Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach, the Parksville & District Association for Community Living, the BC Summer Games in Port Alberni, and many other community organizations and events.  She was also a past member of the Loyal Order of Eagles Auxiliary and the Royal Canadian Legion. She will be lovingly remembered by family, friends, and the community for her warm heart, compassion, strength, and courage.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses, and support staff at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and at Trillium Lodge in Parksville for their excellent care and kindness.

A celebration of Joan’s life will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Milner Gardens (2179 W Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach) in the main house.  A shuttle service from the parking lot will be available.  Everyone who knew Joan is welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation at or 150 – 686 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1G1.

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