BENNETT, Joan Doreen

Our family sadly announces the passing of our beloved mother, Nana and Great-Nana, Joan Doreen Bennett (formerly Cupit/nee Hall), on March 2nd, 2010 after a long illness, bravely borne. Mum was 89 when she died and leaves behind her children, Jacqueline Davies (Walter), Heather Collett (Ross), Anthony Cupit (Kathy), Andrew Cupit (Ulla), Jill Cupit, and step-daughter Gwen Sarich (Mike), her adoring grandchildren Kerry, Tristan, Christopher, Jennifer, Geoffrey, Amanda, Jennifer, Mark, Trevor, Jillian, Renee, and her fifteen great-grandchildren. Joan will also be sadly missed by her former son-in-law, Gordon Ball (Shirley), daughter-in-law, Jackie Cupit (James), and by many loving friends. Mum was predeceased by her husband Bob Bennett in 1995, her former husband Raymond in 2001, and her son Christopher in 2009. Mum was born on December 2, 1920 in Derby, England and emigrated with Ray and her two older daughters to Canada in 1947. She lived in Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary where she made many friends and moved to Abbotsford to marry Bob in 1977. It was here that her family loved to visit as Nana always had plenty of grain to feed “her ducks” and wonderful outings planned for their enjoyment. Nana cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and faithfully remembered them on their birthdays and other special times. Mum was a keen bridge player, a silver-medalist ballroom dancer, a member of The Daughters of the Nile, and was very proud to be a member of the Hospital Auxiliary for over 40 years, both in Calgary and in Abbotsford. She had a kind and generous spirit and could always find the fun in everything. Nana never ended a phone call without asking, “Do you have time to hear a little joke?” We will miss our dear Mum greatly, as will everyone who ever knew her, but we have so many wonderful memories to help us through our loss. The family wishes to thank the kind doctors, nurses and care-aides at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre for all their wonderful care, and Mum’s faithful friends for all their loving support. Be at peace always, dear Mum, Nana and Great-Nana after a beautiful life well lived. A celebration of Mum’s life will be held at a later date. Please contact Jacqueline, Andy, or Jill for further information.

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