Joan Wilkins

Joan Wilkins

Sunday, June 12th, 1932 - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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Obituary of Joan Smithson Wilkins
Wilkins: Joan Smithson
Peacefully at Canterbury Gardens, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the age of 88. Joan, dearly beloved wife of the late Wallace, and loving mother to Heather Cunningham and Carolyn Wilkins (Victor Rios Rull). Grandmother to Erica, Danielle, Samuel, and Myles. Sister to Walter (Wendy) Somerville, and the late Frank (Ann) Somerville, Elinor (MacDonald “Mac”) Irwin, and Craig (Jean) Somerville. Joan had a fulfilling career as a registered nurse and was a Head Nurse at Toronto Western Hospital in the 1950s. She was a role model for her daughters having completed a degree in Nursing from the University of Toronto in the early 1950s. Joan was an active member of the Peterborough community as President of Big Sisters and a long-time member of the Canadian Cancer Society. Joan loved to garden, cook, and spend time with her grandchildren in the kitchen. In the 1970s she and her husband Wally converted a farmhouse in Selwyn, Ontario into a Bed and Breakfast. They both enjoyed meeting and serving their many guests from around the world. In the 1990s Joan and Wally sold the farm and bought a travel home and travelled the world. Joan wrote many journals of their travels. Joan and Wally moved back to Peterborough in the 2000s and Joan joined a writers group. It was this group that inspired her to write a book containing stories of her life. Joan was known to her family, friends, and community as kind and generous. She always had time to listen and offer wise, thoughtful words of advice. Joan will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Due to Covid 19, there will only be a small family gathering. Aquamation followed by inurnment at Little Lake Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough.
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Scott Blewett

Posted at 12:24pm
Very sorry to hear of your Moms, Grandmothers passing just found out today... , my thoughts are with you, Many fond memories over the years.
Cherished memories we have forever!
Scott Blewett

Beverley Coulson

Posted at 05:21pm
I was saddened to learn of Joan`s death. We were classmates in the University of Toronto School of Nursing 1950-55. Most of us lived in residence during those years and we came to know each other so well. Joan and I shared the "turret room" one year and we really enjoyed being room mates. Following graduation, we went our separate ways and only got together for reunions but those were special.
i send my deepest sympathy to Joan`s family.

Linda Weichel

Posted at 04:01pm
My heart goes out to Carolyn, Samuel, Victor, and Heather and her family. I met Joan only a few times, but she was a gentle, gracious host with a warm and caring manner and smile. Her story inspires me to seize the moment and follow my dreams. Linda Weichel

Ted Nattress

Posted at 12:00am
Our condolences to Heather, Carolyn and their families. I remember taking your Mom and Dad to Ottawa several times and bringing Carolyn home to visit her parents as well. So sorry for your loss.

Ted & Judy Nattress

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