In Loving Memory
Joan Therese Lawrence
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Joan Therese Lawrence (nee Turner) on December 28, 2013, in Miramichi, N.B. Born in Tamworth, NSW, Australia, she trained as a registered nurse in Sydney, and enjoyed working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, providing maternity care to remote communities in rural Australia. At the age of 25 she left Australia to work in hospitals in Germany, USA and Canada, eventually settling in northern British Columbia to raise her children. She worked as the Director of Nursing at Kitimat General Hospital from 1978-1988, Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace and community nurse for Alcan’s Kemano Completion Project until 2000. Upon retiring, Joan moved to Miramichi, N.B. where she continued to volunteer tirelessly. Causes close to her heart included Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Miramichi Regional Hospital, Hospice Miramichi, Lion’s Club, and adult literacy. Joan’s passions were helping her community and countless friends, dancing, crossword puzzles, volunteering and animal welfare. Joan is survived by her children Aidan (Efe), Regan (Haim), and grandchildren Maeve and Arlo. Fondly remembered by dear friends in BC, NB, Australia and across the globe. Joan is remembered by many for her independent and adventurous spirit, her no-nonsense approach to living, her great generosity in all its forms, her ever-ready humour, and her deep love of life and laughter.
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