Dodding, JoanThursday, 24 Feb 2011
Passed away suddenly February 24, 2011 at the age of 88.
Born in Hucknall, Nottingham, England in 1922. She worked for the Rolls Royce company, then during WWII she was a WAF working as a wireless operator. During this time she met and married Frank Dodding, then in 1946 as a War Bride, she sailed over on the Queen Mary, traveled by train to Kamloops, then arrived at the Dodding Farm in Lower Nicola.
For many years Frank and Joan worked the farm together, growing a variety of crops and managing horses, cows, pigs, chickens, goats, geese - you name it, they tried it. Joan also cooked many a meal for the farm hands. Her joy was her children and the future additions to her family of three. As her family grew she especially enjoyed the times when everyone descended en masse, either camping at a lake or in the back yard of her home. She loved gardening and the birds that visited her feeders, plus the many pets that took a place in her heart.
Joan was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #14. (50 years) She spent a lot of time volunteering, especially in the making of cancer dressings, which were sent to patients in need. In 1999 she was awarded the Helping Hands award in recognition for her tireless work within the organization.
She will be greatly missed and always remembered by the family. Predeceased by her husband, Frank, of 62 years; children Paul (Barbara) Dodding of Kamloops, Pamela (Brian) Evans of Vancouver and Robert (Brenda) Dodding of Houston, BC; grandchildren Jennifer Clarke, Paula Dodding, Dayna Dodding, Alexander Evans, Angela Evans, Bryan Dodding and Steffany Dodding; great-grandchildren Morgan & Mason Clarke, Dakota & Madison Dodding-Scherrer, Evannah & Karston Dodding. In England her brother Bill (Pat) Hanson, sister Barbara Wright, niece Deborah (John) Rhodes, nephews Charles (Lynn) Hanson, Jonathon Hanson, Timothy Wright, Christopher Wright and numerous great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces.
The Celebration of Life will be held in Merritt at the Trinity United Church Saturday, March 5 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Society of B.C.