JOANN MARGARET BROWN (née BLACK) Beloved wife, mom, teacher and spiritual traveller July 14, 1929 - January 11, 2017 Joann passed away on her own terms at home in her 87th year after fighting many health battles with love, joy and good humour in her brave heart. Predeceased by her dear husband Bob (Kenneth Robert) and cherished son Alan, she will live on in the minds of her sons and daughters-in-law Norman and Lynn, Martyn and Linda, David and Kiyomi, as well as her three grandchildren Daniel, Joel and Alyssa. She was born in "high, healthy, happy" Mount Forest to a devout and loving Irishman named John and his strong-willed German-speaking wife Helen who had come to Ontario from Winnipeg. Joann moved with her parents and sister Floreen to Toronto where she fell into the arms of Bob in the early 1940s. She led a rich life with her soul mate, living in Brockville where she starred in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, then onto St. Catharines with her growing family before finally calling Scarborough her home for almost sixty years. Once the wife of a teacher, as a widow she went to the University of Toronto in her mid-fifties and became a teacher herself for over twenty years. She will be missed by her family, friends and students but her life made theirs richer. The family offers its deepest thanks to all who shared their lives with hers, especially her spiritual community at St. John's United Church and to those wonderful health care professionals who lengthened her life so many times. Now reunited with Bob and her son, a private celebration of her life will be planned when winter turns to spring. Donations, in lieu of flowers, would be appreciated to either the Heart & Stroke Foundation ( www.heartandstroke.ca ) or the Canadian Cancer Society ( www.cancer.ca ). Always thought-provoking, Joann would occasionally rise from a chair with, "The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things." and let her words trail off. Good night little angel; we will look for you in the morning birds.
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