Joan was born July 24, 1936 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on what her mother would say was the hottest day of that year. She was born the youngest of three girls to James and Vera Sutherland. Joan grew up in Saskatoon, attending all of her schooling there while spending a month each summer in Manitoba at her grandparent’s lake house.
After graduating high school, she went on to business school ending up working at an engineering firm. It was during this time she met her future husband, Ron. The two were married March 17, 1956. The next 11 years saw the family growing by three boys and living in a variety of places throughout western Canada and the United States. Eventually the family settled in Calgary, it was then she returned to work once all of her boys were in school. She was employed with AGT/Telus for 23 years until retiring in 1993. Retirement years were as busy as ever for Joan. She was either volunteering, meeting up with friends, travelling or taking classes at the university. Groups she belonged to included Greater Forest Lawn Senior Society, Telus Pioneers, Village Square Seniors group, Crown Jewels and various Calgary Horticultural Society groups. All of her volunteering led to her being awarded A Centennial Medal for Volunteer Service from the Province of Alberta in 2005. In 2018 Joan settled into a new life at the Whitehorn Retirement Village where she remained active up until her passing playing cards and attending social events.
Joan was predeceased by her husband Ron, her parents, James and Vera Sutherland and her two sisters, Lucille Ayerst and Lorraine Hoey. She is survived and will be dearly missed by her three boys Don (Lynette), Craig (Deborah), Mike (Michelle) and her adopted daughter Janice (Matt) Kubitza. She is also survived by five grandchildren Keith, Rebecca, Matt, Josh and Faith along with numerous nieces and a nephew.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made directly to Greater Forest Lawn Senior Society at 3425 26 Avenue, SE Calgary, AB T2B 2P2.
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