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JOAN AARONS (published on September 14, 2011)

JOAN AARONS 1923 - 2011 With both sadness and yet joy, we announce our Mother's passing on September 10, 2011. Joan was born Joanne Marie Penner, on December 17, 1923 to her parents Peter U. and Hattie Penner in Winnipeg, where she lived all her life. Her only brother, Lloyd Henry Penner joined the family in 1928. She attended school at Hugh John McDonald and graduated from Daniel MacIntrye in 1940. After a short course at business school, she was employed in the secretarial field, work she did at various periods throughout her life. Through mutual friends she met her husband, John M. Innes. They were married in June, 1946. She is survived by her three daughters and their families: Wendy and Ron Dueck, their children, Naomi and Kent Forman, and Nathan and Rachele Dueck; Moira and Aubrey Settee, their sons, Alec and Ryan; Aven and Alan Mulholland and their sons, Gregg and Reed. Joan was great-grandmother to Ava and Anne Forman and Jaidyn and Brynlee Dueck. She is also survived by her former husband. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother. Joan lived her life with style and creativity. This included changing her name to Joan Aarons. She loved music and played the piano beautifully. Reading was another passion. She had fun decorating her various homes simply but with her own sense of flair. She was always an attractive woman, well remembered for her great sense of fashion and the clothing she often sewed herself. She thoroughly enjoyed the many summers she spent with her family at Victoria Beach. Joan travelled with various family members to the United States, Europe, Bermuda, Mexico, and Hawaii. She took much joy in her six grandchildren and all their accomplishments. Her legacy will be the way she lived her life, with graciousness, forgiveness and love to all. Her faith in Christ was most important to her. In mid-life she happily returned to her childhood church, McDermot Avenue Baptist Church, to worship with her mother and renew friendships. Joan enjoyed good health until Alzheimer's disease slowly took her from us. Her last home was Golden West Centennial Lodge. We want to thank the staff of the Fourth floor for their loving care of our Mother. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial service will be held at McDermot Avenue Baptist Church, 821 McDermot Ave., on Thursday, September 15, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to The Canadian Foodgrains Bank for East Africa Famine relief ( Mom, you were deeply loved. We will treasure your memory and your love for all of us. Rest in God's Peace.

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