Joan Elizabeth Cross, 68, of Crozier, Ont., passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 15, 1999 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man.
She has now been reunited with her beloved husband, Bill, who predeceased her Aug. 8, 1994.
Joan was a familiar and friendly face to frequenters of Safeway, where she had worked in the bakery for the past 22 years. She had a tremendous love of life and people, and was a favourite to all who knew her, whether for a short time or a long time.
Joan was predeceased by her parents, Earl and Agnes Stirrett; her brother, Bob; as well as her in-laws, Herbert and Winnifred Cross.
She leaves to mourn nine children, 21 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, Nancy (Robert; Kristi), Brad (Pam; Bradey and B.J.), Cheryl (Jay; Curtis, Campbell and Cathy, Katie, and Kennedi), Lynne (Tommy, Mac, Kelly and Jay, and Kyle and Gwendolyn), Wendy (Don; Christina, Jennifer, and Melissa), Tom (Sandi; Samantha, Brianna, Alexandra, and William), Karen (Mark; Scott and Jessica), Michael (Kayleen; Jeffrey, Tessa, and Megan), and Pat (Dana; Molly); and special friend, Vicki Calder.
Joan also is survived by her very dear sisters, Margaret Ramsdale, Jean LaForge, Hazel Runions, and Mary Gavin, plus one half-sister, Ruby Minler; brothers-in-law, Karl Runions and Clarence Gavin; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances. Rev. Patrick Playfair will officiate.
Cremation took place in Winnipeg, Man.
Honourary pallbearers will be her grandsons, B.J. Cross, Campbell Handberg, Curtis Handberg, Tommy Wiebe, Mac Wiebe, Scott Hagen, William Cross, and Jeffrey McFayden.
As a family, we would like to gratefully acknowledge the many dedicated people who so generously donate blood, and would ask, should anyone feel so inclined, to give in mom’s memory.
It surely is the gift of life, and sustained her through countless difficult times.
In memoriam donations also may be made to the Health Sciences Centre, 820 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, Man., R3A 9Z9.
Mom will always be remembered for her frequent, spontaneous visits to her kids, and for hosting so many memorable functions in her home.
Her family truly was the centre of her life and although we will all miss her more than words can ever express, we shall always treasure those wonderful, unforgettable memories.
“Though you cannot always see the birds singing, if you listen with your heart, you can always hear her song.”