formerly Joan Bird (nee Gale)
Born January 29, 1925 Davonport North Plymouth England.
Died peacefully in her sleep August 20, 2013 Courtenay B.C. aged 88 years.
Joan served in the armed forces in England during WWII where she met Maurice Bird. After the war she immigrated to Canada. She was not a “war bride”, she paid her own way. She and Maurice were married in Moosomin Saskatchewan where they raised their family. Joan was the Moosomin Librarian for many years. She became a Canadian citizen in 1969. After Maurice’s death Joan met and married Don Ashley, with whom she moved first to Victoria and then to Courtenay B.C.
Joan was predeceased by her infant son David Maurice, her first husband Maurice, (d; May 18, 1993) and her second husband Don Ashley, (d, October 20, 2012), and her daughter Susan Krienke, (d, March 11, 1990). She is survived by her sister Rose Andrews of Rochdale England, her son David (Lynda) of Fernie B.C., Norman (Breezy) of Halifax; her grandchildren Erin (Scott) Hildebrandt of Didsbury Alberta, Cathy Bird (Jon Wiltzen) of Fort Saskatchewan Alberta; son–in–law Raymond Krienke (Kelly) of Fishing Lake Saskatchewan, Luke ( Meghan) Krienke of Langenburg Saskatchewan, Jillian Krienke of Montreal Quebec;. her great-grandchildren Jacob Hildebrandt and Cadence Hildebrandt of Didsbury Alberta. Also missed by Don’s 5 children (and their spouses), her grandchildren (10) and great grandchildren through her marriage to Donald. Many more family members and friends remember and will miss Joan.
The family would like to thank her friends at the Comox Valley Senior’s Village, Doctors Wiens and Winters (Cottage Medical Clinic), and the Comox Valley Hospice Society. Thank you for your love and excellent care of our loved one.
Her ashes have been interred in Courtenay B.C.