FURNESS, Joan Constance


Our mom, Joan Constance Furness, passed away peacefully April 29th. Born August 29, 1936 in Winnipeg, mom moved to Vancouver with our grandparents in her teen years. After high school, mom trained and practised briefly as a psychiatric nurse which, undoubtedly, better prepared her for marrying our dad, Scott Furness, and creating us four kids!

She had a great life with dad until she lost him in 2003. She rebounded and made the most of things, playing bridge and drinking good wine and was healthy until the last few years when her COPD caught up with her.

We loved mom so much. She had a great sense of humour, made amazing Sunday night dinners, staunchly supported gay rights, pro choice (and the Conservatives!) took such good care of dad when he was sick, loved watching sports, loved her nine grandkids and with endless patience, sat through baseball, soccer and volleyball games, dance recitals and all manners of stage productions. She lived fully and pretty much did what she wanted, right up to when she died.

She was our little warrior and she will be sorely missed.

Mom didn’t want a service but we know she would think it was pretty nice if you wanted to send a donation to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation in her memory…

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