(May 24, 1924 – November 25, 2014)
Joan left us peacefully on the afternoon of November 25, 2014 with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her first husband and father of her children, Alan Walker in 1968. She married Ralph Downing in 1982 and was predeceased by him in 2011. She is survived by seven children: Susan (Larry), Bev (Ron), Bruce (Andrea), Rod (Vicky), Trudy (Bob), Peter (Kathy) and Anne (Al) 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren. She is also survived by five stepchildren, predeceased by 1 stepchild (Sue), 11 stepgrandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren. Joan was born in Summerland to parents Babe and Nibby Nisbet. Apart from a short period in Nova Scotia, Joan lived most of her years in the Okanagan Valley. Joan was the very first Miss Summerland. This classy lady was a beautiful person both inside and out and will be fondly remembered for her positive attitude, lovely smile and sincere personality. Joan was a very generous lady and loved to spend time with family, taking great pleasure in each new grandchild and great grandchild. We would love to thank everyone that touched our Mum’s heart, a special thank you goes to the nurses on the 2nd floor of PGH with special thanks to Dr. Bannerman and Dr. Krabbe too. Also very special thanks to Wendy, Suzanne and Mum’s care-aids, Cassie & MaryAnn. Services were held for Joan at St. Stephens Anglican Church in Summerland on Saturday, November 29, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkdale Place Housing Society for Angus Place.