JOHNSTON, Joan Emily (nee Swetman) died peacefully in her 82nd year on November 10, 2004. A long time resident of Manotick, Ontario, Joan moved to Abbotsford in 1994. Predeceased by her husband John Charles Johnston on July 1, 1987, stepbrother Keith Parsons and stepsister Gwen Warden. She leaves behind a daughter Anne-Marie (Richard) Johnson and 2 grandchildren Nathaniel and Maija in Ottawa; brothers David (Alma) in Abbotsford and John in Regina; sister Marjorie (Don) Rembaugh in Seattle; sister-in-law Doreen Parsons of Abbotsford and many nieces and nephews. Joan was a registered nurse and retired from the Children’s Aid Society in Ottawa after many years as a supervisor. She was an active member of her church and the senior communities in Ottawa and in Abbotsford. She will be remembered for her love and generosity to family and others, as well as her enthusiasm for programs such as Peer Support and Elder Hostel. After moving to Abbotsford, Joan became a member of Abbotsford Learning Plus, a board member of the Abbotsford Peer Support, the Catholic Widows Group and contributed to many aspects of parish life at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church. She will be missed by her family and many friends and especially remembered and missed by her grandchildren who arrived in her golden years. Joan’s ashes will be buried with her late husband in Manotick.
Nana, thank you for all the hugs and love you showered on us, and the stories you read with such enthusiasm. Have fun skipping with Grandpa John and Aunt Lynn. We love you and will miss you, but family is forever and until we meet again, we know you are not far from us. Love, Nate and Maija
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