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ROLES, Emily ‘Joan’

July 31, 1924 – February 8, 2013

Emily Joan Roles (nee Warburton) passed away peacefully at the Father Lacombe Care Centre in Calgary on Friday, February 8, 2013. She will be remembered by her husband, Clem; daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Chuck Weitzel of Mesa, Arizona; son and daughter-in-law, Allan and Brenda Roles of Calgary, Alberta; and daughter and former son-in-law, Lynn and Bob Stewart of Ottawa, Ontario. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Bradley; Matthew, Jessica, Jeremy and Michael; Eric and Glen; and one great grandson, Christian. Joan was predeceased by two brothers, a sister and a half-sister, all from eastern Canada and the eastern United States.

Joan was born in Kingston, Ontario on July 31, 1924. In 1947 she married Clemence Roles of Bruno, Saskatchewan and they took up residence in Saskatoon, where they lived until 2010 with a brief move to Edmonton for a few years in the early 1970s. Clem and Joan founded an agricultural machinery company and were active business partners in Smith-Roles Ltd. for forty years. Joan was a loving mother and wife, who always had her family’s best interests at heart. She always had a quip to help lighten things up, loved the piano, and played it for family and friends right up until her death. In her younger years she played bridge, was treasurer of her women’s investment club, belonged to the Engineers Wives Association, and regularly attended St. John’s Anglican Cathedral. Joan learned to snow ski in her forties, and enjoyed gardening and sewing. For the past three years, she and Clem have been living in Calgary, closer to family.

Memorial Services will be held at Holy Nativity Anglican Church, 12707 Bonaventure Drive SE, Calgary, AB on March 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Sacred Heart Columbarium. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Joan Roles, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. I remember my Aunt Joan for many things. She was a very soft-spoken, classy lady! Her sweet smile put you at ease. Her culture and intelligence lent itself to many interesting conversations. Although she tended to be in the background, her musical talents placed her front and centre, and contributed to many good times in their household gatherings. I liked her sense of humor and will always remember her for her kind heart. She touched all who knew her. Thank-you, Aunty, for the happy get-to-gethers we shared at your house over the years. You will always remain in my memory. May you rest in peace.

    Love Niece Jean (Ed) Kloeble

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  2. I was so saddened to hear of Joan’s passing. I will always remember our outings at Lake Bonavista Village with great pleasure. Joan always brought a smile to my face and lightened up my day. We spent many happy hours at the mall watching the children play while we sipped our coffee.

    My prayers are with you.

    Eloise Wall

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  3. Sam ( former Driving Miss Daisy ) :

    Blessings to you and your family at this time. I will miss your mom dearly. it was nice spending time together driving in rain, snow and sunshine. I am so glad to have met her, she was a very easy going and happy lady. She will have a special place in my heart. I hope she finds her sunglasses ( lolo, we looked everywhere for them good thing I had a extra pair ) I’ll miss her smile and spunk.
    Sam

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  4. Bill & Debbie Stewart :

    Our thoughts and prayers for the family.
    For the few times we had the occasion of meeting Joan,she had such a happiness about her.

    Bill & Debbie

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  5. I have know Joan for 49 years and she will always hold a special place in my heart.

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  6. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of dear Joan. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  7. We wish to express our deepest sympathy to all of Joan’s family. We remember pleasant visits with her when she was in Ottawa.
    Pearl & Norman

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  8. My deepest sympathy to the family of Joan Roles.

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  9. I am sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. We worked together on the Alter Guild at St. John’s Cathedral in Saskatoon. I remember her as a loving and caring person. Please accept my condolences.

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  10. Cousin Jackie & Don Miko :

    Aunt Joan holds a special place in our hearts. We enjoyed many wonderful visits gracious hosts, great conversations, laughter, drink and merriment. Their home was always welcoming and the view of the river peaceful but its the couple that lived there that made the home. We love and miss you Aunt Joan. Rest in peace. With deepest sympathy.
    Jackie & Don Miko

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  11. Ashley, Matt, Trevor and Spencer King :

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Everytime I had the pleasure of spending time with Grandma Joan I remember her smiling, laughing and just her happy and joyful demeanor. Our family and the world was a better place having her in it. She truly had a wonderful life filled with love. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  12. I extend my sincere sympathy to Clem and family on Joan’s passing. She was truly a fine lady.

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  13. Dora and Kay Nasser :

    Our warm and sincere condolences and sympathies to Clem and family. Joan was a compassionate friend with a cheerful smile all the time. God bless her soul and give you peace and health.

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