We regret to announce that Joan Ethelwyn Heriot died July 29th, 2012 in Polson Extended Care. Joan was born in the “new” Vernon Jubilee Hospital January 7, 1911. She is remember by her many friends, her cousins Jessie Pita, Ellen Hardiman and Laura Diamond in New Zealand, Basil & Sonia Grogono in N.S. and her Goddaughters, Sylvia Blackburne in Kelowna and Shane Haywood in Kamloops and Godson, Robert Brock in the U.K.
Joan grew up on the Coldstream and at 17 went to Victoria College and then UBC. Her interest was Zoology and she was told there were no options in her field for women here in Canada so she continued her studies at the University of Liverpool and in 1936 received her Masters Degree in Zoology and spent her working life in England. During those years she did a lot of work related sketching — honing her artistic skills and at retirement and return to Vernon in 1966 delighted in a second career as a pastel artist. She decided someone should paint the valley, and it should be her, and she did. Joan had a wicked sense of humor, a lethal intellect and enjoyed everyone and everything and lived her life to the fullest everyday.
Good bye Joan from all your many friends and thanks for a wonderful, inspiring and never boring friendship.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Joan’s memory to Hospice House or Charity of choice.
Joan’s Funeral will be held Aug. 24, 2012, 2pm at All Saints Anglican Church, 3205-27th St., in Vernon, Arrangements entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155