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WILLIAMS, B. Joan

July 6, 1945 – Oshawa, Ontario
January 30, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Joan, beloved wife of Phil Williams of Calgary, AB, passed away on January 30, 2015 at the age of 69 years.

Joan was born in Oshawa, Ontario, on July 6, 1945. Her father, Gord Petre, was an employee of General Motors for his entire career. Her mother, Edith Petre, (nee Stacey) was a homemaker, providing inspiration for Joan’s future. Her brother, Bill, at seven years older, and was her loyal protector when she was living at home, especially from potential suitors.

Joan grew up surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins as both her parents hailed from very large families; Edith had eight siblings, Gord, ten. She spent her formative and school years in Oshawa, attending elementary school and Donovan Collegiate where she was a popular young lady with many friends.

Upon completion of her Special Commercial Program, she worked in Oshawa for Crown Life Insurance Company as Executive Secretary to the Branch Manager. Here, she met Phil Williams, her future husband and love of her life. They married in Oshawa on October 11, 1969, three years to the day after they met.

They lived and worked in Peterborough for eleven months, followed by Toronto for eight months. It was when Phil received a promotion to Branch Manager that Joan left behind everything she had ever known to head west to Red Deer, Alberta in 1971. Here they started their family; daughter Jaye was born in March of 1972. Another move followed in November of that same year, this time south to Calgary. Then in February, 1975, daughter Lindsay arrived to complete the family.

Joan was always the perfect Manager’s wife; she was fully involved with the accompanying social duties, and supporting Phil’s career with Manulife, and later North American Life, and KP Financial. Phil always made it well known that he owed his success to her unflagging support.

Not quite four years later, Joan and Phil purchased what would be the family home for the next twenty-two years. The house in Varsity was central to Joan’s life as a homemaker. A pool was built and the home was a hub of activity for friends and family. It was a rare day indeed if the house was not full of people and laughter, especially on summer days around the pool.

Joan was also known far and wide for her kindness and generosity, opening her home to anyone in need, nursing the ill and injured back to health. In this vein, Joan was an active volunteer throughout her life. She was involved with the Rotarianns in Red Deer and Calgary Kinnettes. She was always on hand to help out with Sarcee Pony Club, the Calgary Dressage Association, and others too numerous to mention here.

As her daughters grew up, Joan was active with them in their schools and extra-curricular activities; she was seen so often driving them and their friends everywhere in her yellow Cadillac. Joan was so proud of her daughters’ achievements; from Lindsay’s love and prowess in the Calgary Youth singers and as multi-medal winning organist with the Alberta Conservatory of Music, to Jaye’s passion and victories with her horses in Pony Club and competitive dressage.

Joan cherished her recreation time with Phil; weekly date nights with lobster on the menu, square dancing with the Queens and Jacks dance club, and the many “glamping” trips in their fifth wheel camper. They also regularly attended dinner theater performances, and enjoyed dining with their many friends whenever possible.

Joan was a famous cat lover, being owned by Sissy, Willie, Creampuff, Arnold, Simon, Claus, Spot, and Midi. If they hadn’t been spread out over her whole life, she would have been a crazy cat lady!

Time moved on, and Joan watched her daughters fall in love and get married; Lindsay to Corey in 2001, and Jaye to Jack in 2003. But Joan’s greatest joy was her grandchildren. Although in Joan’s life only ten short days, Hailey Jade, daughter of Lindsay and Corey, made a huge impact as the first and only granddaughter. In January, 1999, Lindsay gave birth to Jordan Lane, who brought unmitigated happiness, and Joan threw everything she had into being Nana. Proving that love only gets bigger when shared, Joan did the same with Justin Carter (October 2002,) and with Jaye and Jack’s boys, William Doyle (2004) and David Gordon (2006.)

Joan adored being a grandmother, it was the job she was born to do. She loved bragging about “her boys” to everyone. Special times included family dinners, sleep-overs and camping trips. She will be so missed.

Joan’s passing has left a great void in the lives of those who knew and loved her. But she will always live on in the hearts of us all.

Joan is survived by her daughters Jaye (Jack) Fisher of Didsbury Alberta, Lindsay (Corey) Davis of Calgary Alberta; grandsons Jordan Davis, Justin Davis, William Fisher, David Fisher; and cousins Linda Bently, her son Kent, and Johnny Bastine.

Joan was predeceased by her granddaughter, Hailey Jade Davis, and brother, William (Bill) Petre.

A Celebration of Joan’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joan’s memory can be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

“Death is that state in which one exists only in the memory of others, which is why it is not an end.”

In living memory of Joan Williams, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Shelly, Tyler & Jarret O'Bertos :

    Lindsay & Family,

    We are very sorry for the loss of your mom & Grandma. Remember the happy times. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
    Love Shelly, Tyler & Jarret.

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  2. Carri Buker nee Jameson :

    What a remarkable wife, mother, grandmother, friend…… She accomplished so much in her life and left a mark no-one will forget. Our thoughts go out to you all.

    Carri, Mike and Family
    Evelyn Jameson

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  3. Jennifer Hockey :

    Jaye, Lindsay and Phil,

    I just wanted to say how sorry I am that Joan has passed away. Although it has been a very long time since we were all together, my family and I had such wonderful times with you and reading the lovely obituary brought back such fond memories. She was a very special lady. I am truly sorry for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jennifer Hockey

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  4. Christine Ezinga (Rutley) :

    Jaye, Lindsay & Phil and your amazing family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful person and an endless source of positive energy. I will always have great memories of our Pony Club adventures and pool parties where she made sure life was just plain old fun for all of us. She will always be with you and in the hearts of those who knew her.
    Christine, Ben & Sebastian

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  5. Phillip and family, we are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time….Meg and the rest of the Mallory family…..

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  6. Dear Phil and family,
    So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She had such a beautiful spirit and was so kind and generous. Joan and I shared many wonderful times together and I have such fond memories of our friendship.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Ella and family

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  7. Phil, so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. Times will be tough but you have the support of your family and friends as well as all the wonderful memories. Remember, if ever you need an ear or would like a chat please give me a call. Thinking of you, dear Friend.

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  8. Phil and family,
    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lovely article.

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  9. Phil, Jaye, Lindsay!

    I am very sorry to hear of Joan’s passing! She was a wonderful lady, full of life and happiness. Some of my best childhood memories were of Joan, sleep overs and swimming, hanging at the Williams house. She always had a kind word and smile!
    Thoughts and prayers to you all in this difficult time!
    Liza, Daniel and Alex

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  10. Terry & Marlene Ruddell :

    Phil & Family
    So sorry to hear of your loss!
    Phil, our thoughts are with you! A glass of wine would sound appropriate at this time in Joan’s memory!
    Terry & Marlene

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  11. Jaye, Lindsay and Phil,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have such fond memories of Joan’s warmth, her hugs and “woodpecker” kisses. She always made us feel welcome and part of the family when in your home. She will be sorely missed. May your memories of good times and joy help you through your grief.

    Emma and Peter

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  12. Phil, Jaye,Lindsay and family, I have wonderful memories of Joan over the years . She was a shining star and a great caregiver to all her friends and family giving them her love and affection and protecting them throughout life. She had a terrific spirit and wonderful countenance about her, she made people smile. Memories of you Dear Joan will be forever in my heart . Till we meet again. All My Love, Your Dear Friend Anne

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  13. Dear Phil, Jay, Lindsay and Family
    Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.
    Although I did not see her much these past few years I will always remember her as a kind compassionate woman who I used to have great conversations with. It was so good to see her a few weeks ago at Phil’s surprise birthday party, she was so happy to have organized that and pulled it off as a complete surprise. I know that her greatest Love, Joy and Pride were her Family. God Speed Joan, we will all miss you.
    Les Vecesey and Ellen Alston

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  14. Dear Phil
    So sorry to hear of your dear wife’s passing. I hope that time will help you and the family adjust with the
    heartfelt condolences from the many friends you both have.My prayers today are for you and your family.

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  15. Susan Keyes (Williams), Howard Williams & Family :

    We are all so sorry to hear about Joan. Since we have also lost our wife, mother and grandmother, Judy, we know the great sadness of your loss. It is such a shock when you lose such a close family member. Our thoughts will be with you all.
    Philip, Jay and Lindsay and your families.

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  16. Marje and Bill Hockey :

    We were sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you as you celebrate Joan’s life. May she live in the hearts of all those that loved her as we did. We will miss the special times we had together.

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  17. Stacey Scott (Smith) :

    I remember Joan well from our Pony Club days. One of the team of parents that always took care of the gang of us kids. Its been years since then, but I very much remember her wonderful, strong energy.

    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Stacey

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  18. Maryellen Petre Crane :

    On behalf of the Petre family here in Ontario, we extend our deepest sympathies to Phil and the girls . We have fond memories of Joanie in Oshawa. We are so sorry for your loss.

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  19. Irva Caldwell :

    Phil, Jayne, Lindsay and Family,

    Joan was an amazing gal, a wonderful wife, a caring mother, a loving grandmother and a loyal friend. No one could measure up to the enthuasium she generated. She will always be a part of my memories of Pony Club, The ALHA, and the dressage scene. How fortunate for me to have had such a friend. She will be dearly missed.

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  20. Phil, Jay, Lindsay and family,
    No words will make up for the loss of Joan any easier. I remember Joan at our Sarcee Pony Club events. She provided such strong support to Jay and all of her friends. I have wonderful memories of the pony club shows, dressage shows as well as the pool parties. Joan was always the perfect hostess and a wonderful mom. She will be so missed, but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

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  21. Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your wife, mother and grandmother.

    -Audrey and Harvey Shaw

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  22. Keith and Cindy Dyck :

    Phil, Jaye and Lindsay, We are so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Joan! She will be greatly missed!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time!

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  23. Joan was a wonderful lady. I will always remember her when I am snuggled in the nice warm blanket she gave us. . I was so great full to have know her and will miss her dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with Phil and the family.

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  24. Martin & Shirley Claassen :

    Dear Phil and family,
    We learned of your wife’s passing today, and are so sorry for your loss. Although we have never met Joan, it seems like we knew her from the many times her name came up in our conversations. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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