Joanne was born in Victoria on October 21st, 1936. She grew up in West Vancouver, married CPAir pilot, Warner Wells in 1959. They had three daughters together and loved their life and young family. Tragedy struck in 1965. Warner was First Officer on CPAir Flight 21 which was struck by an onboard bomb explosion and crashed near 100 Mile House killing all passengers and crew. Joanne raised their girls alone for many years. It had always been Warner’s dream to travel to Australia, and in 1971, Joanne decided to realize that dream for him. Taking her three still very young children, she explored the islands of Fiji for a time before settling in Australia for a year and a half. A few weeks before she was set to return to Canada, friends introduced her to Australian, Peter Murphy.
Quickly recognizing what a catch she was, Peter gathered his own three young children, left their lives in Australia and followed Joanne and her family to Canada. Peter and Joanne were married in December 1973. Their newly blended family gave them a run for their money in the early years, but they were strong together and managed to build a loving family, the fruits of which are still evident. Peter and Joanne just celebrated their 42nd anniversary and their love is ever stronger.
Joanne was a strong woman with a clever sense of humour who traveled the world and loved the outdoors. She saw the good in everything and never complained; she only loved and spread joy wherever she was. She is an inspiration to all who loved her. She raised six wonderful children and was well loved by 13 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Joanne, you had a beautiful life and we are grateful that your suffering is over and your beautiful soul can be at peace.
Celebration of life will be held at Comox United Church on Saturday, January 23rd at 2pm. Donations in lieu of flowers to MADD Comox Valley (cheques may be sent to #210-2960 Moray Ave. Courtenay, BC, V9N 757)