September 20, 1933 – Galahad, Alberta
December 24, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta
Joan beloved wife of Ken Amthor of Bragg Creek, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at the age of 82 years.
Joan graduated from the University of Alberta in the first graduating class in physical education, and started teaching in Ladner, BC. She continued teaching in Alberta until her marriage in 1958. Joan joined her husband, Ken, in their farming and thoroughbred racing operation, which was established in Crossfield and continues today. As an initiative during some of her time with the Order of the Eastern Star, Joan volunteered to work at Bay Day and donated her wages to Eastern Star projects. Recognized for her abilities during this time, Joan was invited to join the Hudson Bay as head of their fur department which led to her becoming the Western Canada representative, all within a short six months. Following this Joan became a successful real estate agent, partnered in establishing and running a seismic drilling company, and finally, owned and operated three insurance agencies, Amalgamated Insurance.
Joan often said that her greatest job and her most treasured was that of a wife and mother and that her days at home with her children were the best days of her life and her greatest accomplishment.
Horse racing was Joan’s first hobby, culminating from a desire to fulfill her father’s dream of having a race horse. This resulted in meeting her husband Ken, and starting a lifetime business and marriage. Joan enjoyed ballroom dancing and shared this love of dancing with Ken and traveled to teach dancing in small town, Alberta. Joan sang, played bass fiddle and piano, and traveled extensively with her children after helping them establish a band that toured Western Canada. She loved to travel and saw most of the United States, spending several winters in California, wishing to be near her son Gordon. Joan was a past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a centennial member. Joan was just shy of celebrating her twenty year achievement for volunteer work with the Calgary Stampede Promotion Committee; she was frequently seen riding in parades in the western provinces promoting the Calgary Stampede.
Joan was a strong influence on her family and had an especially close relationship with her daughter, Carla.
Joan is survived by her husband Kenneth; and children Kenneth Gordon Amthor and Carla Marie Amthor. She was predeceased by her daughter Allison Elaine Amthor; and sister Natalie Pritchard; as well as her parents, Major Lionel John (Dick) Shepard and Dorothy Miller Shepard.
Joan’s favourite saying was, “There is no such word as can’t!” Joan, you will always be A Shining Star.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Crossfield Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 100, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.
In living memory of Joan Amthor, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences