In Memory of




Obituary for Joan Atkins (Overy)

Mom passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at the Bradford Valley Care Community. She had suffered from dementia for some time and could no longer walk or talk. She did not suffer and she did not complain.
Her husband, Clifton Atkins died in 1987 after a 42 year marriage and together they raised 4 children: Brian (deceased), Pamela, Michael and Ronnie. She was much too young and young spirited in 1987 to fade away and during her travels to Florida, she met Ron Garten. They became partners and enjoyed a 16 year relationship, travelling between Florida and Ontario. Unfortunately, Ron passed away in 2012.
She is a grandmother of Nicole, Kyla, Shauna, Julia, Carlyle and the late Adam. She is a chosen grandmother of Christopher and Cassandra.
She is a great grandmother of Alexandra, Jacoby, Parker, Kingsley and Addilynn, and, of course a chosen great grandmother to Lucas, Lexi, Mila, Oscar and Tessa.

Joan was born on August 19, 1925 (debatable) in a small town called Grimsby, (Lincolnshire, UK) and grew up in a modest home environment. She shared only a few memories about her childhood and we suspect her life might have been hard. She left home when World War 2 broke out and even though she was underage, Joan managed to enlist and served as a chauffeur with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force from 1941 until 1945. Joan was always very proud of her driving skills.
During the war, she met her husband who was Canadian and happily moved to Canada and became a true Canadian.
Later in life Joan operated a small jewellery business, however, selling jewellery played second fiddle to consoling and advising the people she met at work (mostly young people). She was the Dear Abbey of Knob Hill Farms.
Friendly, outgoing, energetic with a refreshing positive outlook. This is how everyone views her until her late 80s. This is how we will remember her.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home at 157 Main St. S. in Newmarket on Saturday Dec. 14 at 2pm for family and friends.

Flowers are not required, but happy memories are encouraged.
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