December 19, 1952 - October 5, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
The family of Joanne Beetstra is heartbroken to announce her peaceful passing at her home in Warfield after a brief illness; she was surrounded by the love of family and close friends.
Joanne was predeceased by her parents, Jan and Dorothy Beetstra, her beloved partner, Larry Hayton, and her baby sister, Jan Elizabeth.
She is survived by her siblings: Patti (John Buchanan), Michael (Heather), Garth (Shellie), her nephews and nieces John, Patrick B, Kelsey (Craig), Amanda (Tony), Patrick H (Siobhan), Dayne (Erika), as well as her great nieces and nephews Olivia, Liam, Walker, Keegan, and Zachary. Also left to mourn, her brother-in-law Rick, extended family in BC and Alberta, along with her many wonderful friends and colleagues.
A December baby, Joanne came home from the hospital on Christmas Day, a wonderful gift for our family. Growing up in Warfield, Joanne participated in a variety of community activities. She was a Brownie and a Girl Guide; she enjoyed sports, including softball, track and field, skating, and skiing; she took piano lessons and sang in the Anglican church choir; she excelled at school and had a large group of friends who were crazy about the Beatles.
After completing Grade 12, Joanne enrolled at UBC from which she holds a BA in Classical Studies as well as a BSc (Nursing), the latter providing her with the foundation for a long and rewarding career in health care at Vancouver General Hospital where she worked in a variety of critical/specialty care areas, including the Burn Unit, Adult Intensive Care and Post Anaesthesia Care.
Besides performing bedside nursing, Joanne was a clinical educator and mentor for both students and instructors. She wrote the curriculum for BCIT's Clinical Care Nursing Program, developed systems for evaluating nursing competencies and practices, and acted as a consultant and performance appraiser.
Joanne not only authored several articles focusing on nursing issues but also presented papers at provincial and national conferences. She was the recipient of the RNABC's Excellence in Nursing Education award as well as the Joan Russell Nursing Mentorship award, an especially meaningful honour as it is a peer-nominated award.
In 2017, after a 40-year career in nursing, Joanne retired and she and Larry moved back to Trail, purchasing a house in Warfield two streets over from where she had grown up.
Sadly, Larry passed away in 2018, but Joanne quickly filled her life with expanding her lovely garden, taking up golf, becoming an ardent supporter of the Trail Smoke Eaters, and contributing to the Trail community through her volunteer activities. She was the recording secretary for the Trail FAIR Board of Directors and, at the time of her death, the Vice-Chair of the Trail Library Board of Directors.
As our mother's health declined, Joanne also dedicated herself to ensuring that her mom could remain in independent living.
Joanne loved music and throughout their 46 years together, she celebrated Larry's musical gifts and enthusiastically supported his career. She loved books and movies, especially action-packed thrillers. She loved her trips to Canmore and her holidays on the beach in Penticton and at Kootenay Lake.
She looked forward to spring when she could plant her garden, enjoy its beauty and share its bounty. She was a creative cook and loved entertaining and feeding her friends. She loved shopping, shoes, the Boston Bruins and savoured her quiet moments, accompanied by a glass of red wine, working on her Wordle puzzles.
Our family would like to express our gratitude to Joanne's medical teams and the caring staff at KBRH, Kelowna General Hospital and the BC Cancer Center in Kelowna.
We are also appreciative of the care and support she received from her Scott St. neighbours: she likened their compassion to being wrapped in a warm, soft blanket. Special thanks are extended to Dayne and Erika Hayton for their kindness and unwavering love, especially during Joanne's illness and her final days.
Joanne left us far too soon and she will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved her. She leaves behind a legacy of kindness, laughter, generosity and dedication.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Trail Library at 1505 Bay Avenue, Trail, BC V1R 4B2 or online at www.traillibrary.com or to the Trail FAIR Society at 2017 Columbia Avenue, Trail, BC V1R 1K7 or online at www.trailfair.ca or to Ronald McDonald House at 4567 Heather Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 0C9 or online at www.rmhbc.caor to a charity of your choice.
You can also honour Joanne's memory by sharing a good book, being an excellent friend and neighbor, supporting your community and being mindful of the tiny miracles that bring joy into our lives.
Cremation has taken place. A Gathering of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 1:00 pm at the Warfield Community Hall with Reverend Gwen Ziprick, Celebrant. Bill Clark of Clark's Funeral Services has been entrusted with the arrangements.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family's online register at www.clarksfuneral.ca
When an angel manifests itself before you/simply accept its pure transcendence/ Of his and hers, yours, mine and ours/ in that rare moment of identity ...
Warren Stevenson, 1983