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McCREARY – Joan Mercia (nee Tandberg)

June 3, 1928 – April 14, 2010

Joan Mercia McCreary (nee Tandberg) passed away peacefully on April 14, 2010 after bravely battling her COPD illness with dignity and generosity of spirit.

Joan (Tad) was born June 3, 1928 in Edmonton and was raised in Ryley, AB. She attended the U of A and obtained her teaching certificate. She married Richard McCreary in 1951. During and after the raising of her five children, she returned to the U of A and U of C to complete her degree in education and went on to complete an after-degree in counselling.

Joan was quintessentially a teacher and mother. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and from that derived her greatest joy. She is survived by her children: Denise, Michele (Gil), Jamie (Sue), Randy (Leah), and Mara (Steve). She showered them always with love, comfort and encouragement. She will be greatly missed by her twelve grandchildren: Kate and Joey Reimann, Lauren, Lexie and Luke Curry, Matt and Sean McCreary, Megan and Sara McCreary, Alicia and Amy Perkins, and Devon Kendall. They were her delight. Her younger sister Joyce Raines will also forever miss her.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other staff at the Rockyview Hospital as well as Parkland Respiratory and Alf for their extraordinary care and attention for Joan during some difficult times over the last years. Joan loved teaching, reading, children, flowers and helping others. She volunteered in her community, at schools and, after retirement, for a time at CUPS. If you choose, support a charity, a library, or a learning institution.

“In my dream, the angel shrugged and said, if we fail this time, it will be a failure of imagination and then she placed the world gently in the palm of my hand” – Brian Andreas

A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Your donations, memories of Joan, and messages to the family can be made through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Joan McCreary, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Penny Andrews :

    I am saddened to learn of Joan’s passing. I worked with Joan at R.T. Alderman Jr. High. I remember her well; her caring, and her utmost professionalism. Her great smile was a constant and encouraged me everyday. I know you, her family, will miss her in so many ways. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to each of you.

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  2. Mike Sheilan :

    My deepest sympathies to Joan’s family and friends. Very sorry to hear of her passing. She is leaving the world a strong and loving legacy in her children and grand children.

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  3. Norma and David Butterfield :

    To Michele, Mara and the entire family, we send our deepest love and support to you. Your mother must have been an incredible person to have raised such an amazing, loving family.

    We think of you daily.

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  4. terry spooner :

    Jamie and Sue and the McCreary family, my prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Your mom is at home with our savior. God bless all of you at this time. Terry Spooner and family

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  5. Julie and Gary Newcombe :

    Our deepest sympathies to all the McCreary clan. We will all miss Joan. Her zest for life and amazing warmth will be missed by anyone that was fortunate enough to know her.
    Unfortunately we are unable to attend the memorial service on Friday but our thoughts and love will be with you all.

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  6. Marilyn Glerum :

    I had the pleasure of knowing Joan when her daughters Denise & Michelle were in Girl Guides. I will always remember her sparkling and warm personality. In my eyes, Joan was a wonderful Mother and I so enjoyed having known her. I am sure the memories the family has of her, will give them the strength to go forward.

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  7. Some of my memories of Auntie Jo:
    I remember that she made the best meringue cookies. I remember the coffee she added to chocolate cake icing. I remember her eating tiger ice cream in the motor home while vacationing with her two sisters in Penticton. I remember her singing Christmas carols. I remember her home as warm and inviting to all that entered. I remember the love and joy she had for her children.
    To my cousins Denise, Jamie, Michelle, Randy and Mara please accept my heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your mother.
    To my mother, Joyce, I extend all my love and support for the loss of your sister.
    Share some memories of Auntie Jo.
    Love from Tod, Shelly and Lorrie Raines

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  8. Empire Kitchen and Bath :

    To Jamie McCreary and Family,

    Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

    With our deepest sympathy, your Empire Family

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  9. Diane , Russ Oicle and Family :

    Dear Jamie, Sue, and Family;
    We wish to offer you our condolences and prayers for the passing of your Dear Mother/GrandMother. We know how sad it is to lose a loved one. She will whisper love and laughter in your hearts….just look at the beautiful snow, bright sunshine and glorious nature surrounding you! May you find comfort and joy when you think of her and celebrate her special life. Take care;
    Diane, Russ, Jean-Luc, Eric, Kathryn and Lindsay Oicle.

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  10. Karen Rosehill :

    To Joan’s family,

    I am deeply sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. My sincere condolences to each of you. I had the privilege of working with Joan at R.T. Alderman, and we became good friends over the years. She cared passionately about her students, and she also did everything she could to help ease her co-workers’ stress. She was funny, warm, helpful, thoughtful, always professional, a strong advocate for any who had lost their own voice, and a true friend. The world is definitely a better place for her having been here. Rest gently, dear friend.

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  11. CUPS Health and Education Centres (CUPS Community Health Centre) :

    We are deeply sadened in the news of Joan’s passing. Joan volunteered her time at CUPS Community Health Centre over the years, and through this, touch the lives of many of our clients and staff. We are extremely grateful for her time spent in our centre.

    Our deepest condolences,
    “friends” at CUPS Health and Education Centres.

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