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.Print This Obituary & Condolences