Joan Washburn

Joan Marie Washburn (Wilson)

Saturday, March 16th, 1935 - Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
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Joan Marie Washburn passed away at University Hospital, London on November 26, 2019 at the age of 84.

Joan is predeceased by her loving husband Dennis Washburn (2003). She will be dearly missed by her two sons Jonni and Jeffrey and her daughter-in-law Andrea. She leaves behind her step-children Julie Roberts (Brian) and John Washburn (Debbie). “Nanny” will be missed by her grandchildren Matthew, Emma and David and great-grandchildren Brianna, Dean and Damon.

Joan was a lifetime member of the UCW. Her greatest pride in life was in raising her children.

In honour of Joan, a casual gathering will be held for family and friends at the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 8), 804 Ontario Street, Stratford, on December 14, 2019 from 1-4 pm. All are welcome to stop in and celebrate her life. Cremation has taken place.

Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice Foundation directly at or Sleeping Children Around The World at; through the Rutherford Cremation & Funeral Services website, or by calling 519-271-5062.
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Sherry Davidson

Posted at 07:41pm
My condolences to Jonni, Jeff and all the grand kids, my heart breaks for you all.

Virginia Joyes

Posted at 03:42pm
Sorry to hear of Joan's passing. I remember Marie always talking of Joan and her cousin Dennis. I was in school with John and also I worked with Johnny Brooks. My condolences to the family and friends.

Kathy St-Jean

Posted at 12:55pm
Aunt Joan, MY Aunt Joan,
A strong woman who loved her family beyond all else.
My earliest memories of life include you Aunt Joan, how Mom and I would come to Stratford sometimes in the dead of night for refuge with you and your boys. My doll named Aunt Joan that gave me comfort just as your hugs did.
For the rest of her life you and Mom exchanged cards and letters weekly even after you had each remarried and begun "new" lives you never forgot each other or stopped loving each others children. My whole life if there was one constant it was a card in the mail for my birthday signed " With Love, Aunt Joan Uncle Dennis and the 4 J's". You NEVER forgot, not once!
After Mom was gone you promised to take over and always remember me, you did. Always thinking of Mom and me whenever you saw a hummingbird, now they remind me of you too.
After Uncle Dennis was gone and you began visiting Ottawa with Jonni to see Matthew and his little ones, your visits made me so grateful. Remembering a special treat for the dog or Denis, the hummingbird table you gave me cherished and loved memories.
You will be riding your bike in a different neighbourhood now Aunt Joan, please give all those at the party waiting for you a great big hug for me. The gardener, the painter and especially the writer, they will all be there with tea, hugs and stories to share.

Thank you for loving me Aunt Joan,
Always Hugs & Love Kathy Denis & All

Allison Crossett

Posted at 09:14am
Celebrating Joan - a lovely friend to our family. Allison, Madison and Andrew Crossett
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Sharon Pfaff

Posted at 07:55pm
We met Joan when we moved in next door to her and Dennis and their family when we got married 36+ years ago. Joan immediately presented us with a handmade crocheted blanket, which we still use. After Dennis passed away and Joan moved to her apartment we would meet downtown for lunch and then we started meeting at her apartment. It was a pleasant break in the middle of the day. She always liked our German Shepherd, Ernie and so one Christmas I bought her a picture frame and inserted Ernie’s picture. The frame had a recording capability and I got Ernie to bark a few times for the recording. The last time I was at her apartment the recording still worked despite the fact that Ernie has been gone for years and it still made her smile. Will definitely miss Joan but grateful to have so many good memories. Sharon & Lance Pfaff

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