April 17, 1939 - October 18, 2016
At Mom's request, no formal funeral service will be held. At a later date, family will gather at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in London, Ontario to scatter her remains in their beautiful garden.
Joanne Rebecca Baker (nee Crow) (Duquette)
It is with great sadness that the family of Joanne Rebecca Baker announce her passing. Our mother, Joanne, peacefully slipped into glory with her family by her side at St. Joseph’s Hospice, London, Ontario, on October 18, 2016, in her 78th year.
Joanne was born in Chatham, Ontario on April 17, 1939. She was lovingly raised by her mother Madeline Meades and step father Donald Meades. She enjoyed many childhood years on the farm in Tecumseh with her grandparents Mémé Rose And Pépé Edos Simard.
Joanne attended St. Anthony Elementary School and St. Anne’s High School in Tecumseh, Ontario, then finished high school at Catholic Central in London, Ontario. In pursuit of a career in nursing, she studied under the tutelage of the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, graduating in 1960 as a Registered Nurse. She enjoyed a life long career in nursing, and was very proud of her chosen profession.
In addition to raising four amazing children, she unselfishly devoted years of her life to care for her aging mother until her death in 2012.
Mom was a woman of many interests and passions; the most memorable being Tim Horton’s potato and leek soup, attracting hummingbirds and orioles to her backyard, reading obituaries, enjoying After Eight chocolates, scratch tickets, gardening, feeding the ducks in Bobcaygeon, teaching her grandchildren how to bet on the horses (an important life skill…), Charlie Pride, picking fluff off socks, Sunlight bar soap, Scotch mints, her career as an RN, watching the news, long drives to enjoy the fall colours, Swiss Chalet, being fashionably late, convincing her grandchildren that strawberry milk came from pink cows, being the underwear fairy, driving cool cars, late night movies, eyebrow pencils, Nivea cream, the wooden paddle, cleaning the bird bath, Chanel #5 perfume, falling asleep reading the paper, and enjoying sunsets on the beach in Grand Bend.
Joanne was a devoted daughter of Donald and Madeline Meades (both deceased). Loved mother of Marc Duquette (late Joanne), Paula (Jerry) King, Michele (Fred) McRae, James (Anne) Duquette. Mémé to David, Justin, Alex, Rebecca, Randy, Brian, David, Nicole, Bradley, Tyson, Bryce, Quinton, Jacob, and Megan. Great Mémé to Curtis, Joshua, Trevor, Tristyn, Teigan, Grayson, William, Zachary, Nolan, Ella, Grayden, and one on the way. Sister to Janet (late Glenn) Filteau, Ronald (Mary Margaret) Crow, and Marv Crow (late Joanne). Joanne also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mom was a model of strong will and sheer determination right up until the end of her journey. Although only there for a short time, her final days were filled with the respect, dignity, and loving care she deserved in the compassionate hands of the staff at the St. Joseph’s Hospice in London. During this incredibly difficult time, our family was hugged, fed, encouraged, and nurtured by this team of extraordinary people. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel.
Thank you as well to the amazing staff at South Huron Hospital in Exeter for their endless patience and loving care.
If desired, memorial donations to the St. Joseph’s Hospice in London, the MS Society, or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated and can be made directly or through Wareing Cremation Services, 346 Simcoe Street, Tillsonburg, Ontario 519-409-5575.