July 27, 1932 – December 29, 2022
at the age of 90 years:
The family of Joan Maureen Davies (nee Kingsbury) is sad to announce that she passed away on December 29, 2022, at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital at 90 years of age.
Born in Peace River, Alberta on July 27, 1932, Joan attended King Edward High School in Vancouver and then graduated from the first UBC Nursing Program. She worked at Vancouver General Hospital until she and Bob were married in 1955. Their honeymoon at Sun Valley was the beginning of a life of skiing together.
Along with raising five busy children, Joan taught swimming lessons and Aquafit at the Four Seasons Pool in Prince George. Joan was instrumental in developing the Adapted Aquatic program, receiving an Outstanding Community Service Award from the City of Prince George in 1993. Retiring to Sicamous in 1994, Joan and Bob enjoyed spending time on their boat the U ‘n Me. Joan continued to teach swimming and Aquafit classes at the pool in Salmon Arm.
The opportunity for fitness and the camaraderie that dragon boating offered was another huge part of Joan’s life. The Shuswap Silver Dragons travelled to the 55+ B.C. Games in Richmond in 2009, winning a bronze medal.
Joan is survived by her five children, Patti (Tony), Robyn, Howard (Joan), Shelley (John) and Jayson. She will be remembered by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Thank you to the wonderful staff at the Lakeside Manor in Salmon Arm. The family also appreciated the considerate care provided by Dr. Jeremy Swatzky-Martens.
A family gathering to honour Joan and Bob will be held during the summer of 2023 at Silver Star Mountain.