Joan Larsen

Obituary of Joan Mary Larsen

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Joan Mary Larsen (nee Horrobin)

1939 - 2023


On May 4, 2023, Joan passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Joan was born September 6, 1939 in Wallasey England and immigrated with her parents and brother in April 1948 to Kimberley, BC.  She attended school there and graduated from McKim Secondary in 1957, where she was an active member of the high school band.

On September 7, 1957 she met the love of her life, Don, at a dance at the Bluebird, was engaged 3 months later and married in June 1959.  Together, they had 3 children and 2 grandchildren whom she was very proud of.

Joan worked briefly for the Bank of Montreal and the Imperial Bank and then was a homemaker until 1982.  She was co-owner of Marcella’s Dress Shop for 17 years and greatly enjoyed many buying trips with her partner Pat.  She retired in 1999 from the fashion industry but her love of fashion lived on.

She loved to curl, golf, read, travel and was a lover of all word games.  But the biggest love of her life was her family.  She was predeceased by her father Tom, mother Edie, brother Ron and son Brian.  She is survived by Don, her husband of almost 64 years, her son Brent (Daniel), her daughter Jill (Gordon) and her two beautiful granddaughters Megan and Jaclyn, who were her darlings.  Also surviving are her sisters-in-law Marlene and Louise, brother-in-law Ron and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joan was reserved, confident, loving, compassionate, protective, elegant, gentle, creative, inspiring, accepting, and selfless.

“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.  In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” – Maya Angelou

A Celebration of Life honoring Joan will be held Saturday, July 8th, 2023 at 2:00pm at The Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook, British Columbia, with the formal program to commence at 2:30pm.

Joan’s service will be livestreamed and recorded if you are unable to attend in person.


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