It is with great sorrow that the family of Joanne Shirley Carr (Kirby) age 85, announces her passing on May 6th, 2023. She passed peacefully on a sunny afternoon surrounded by loved ones. She was born on May 19th, 1937, in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, the daughter of Joseph and Winnifred Kirby.
Joanne is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Robert Carr; sister, Judi Petersen and husband, Donald. Her four beloved children; son, Harold Carr and his wife, Laurie; son, Brian Carr and his wife Maureen; daughter, Rhonda Jerman and her husband, Keith; daughter Cheryl King and her husband, Steven. Her pride and joy were her thirteen grandchildren; Nicole, Tammie, Jacob, Robert, Michelle, Alexandria, Brittney, Morgan, Shelbie, Taylor, Brenden, Connor, and Hailey. As well as her eight precious great grandbabies; Maxwell, Rylee, Madison, Bryson, Raymond, Weston, Jaxson, and Kenzie. She was predeceased by both parents, Joseph and Winnifred Kirby and her brother Robert Joseph Kirby.
Throughout Joanne’s long life she enjoyed swimming, skating, gardening, reading, and swinging in the yard. She loved painting pottery, sewing, and crafting all things Christmas. Joanne was a creative woman who enjoyed sharing her projects with her family. She was a true gamer—from classics like Bingo and card games to electronic games, she could always be enticed to play. She enjoyed many years of camping in the Berkshires where she had set up an environment to make incredible memories with her grandchildren. As she got older and outings became more difficult, she continued to find happiness in bird watching, crocheting, and coloring alongside her close friend and caretaker, Alyssa. She could be found belly laughing in the evening while watching Family Feud and I Love Lucy. We are certain Joanne had a passion for fun and enjoyed a good laugh and cup of tea.
Joanne will be forever remembered for her dedication as a wife, mother, and Nannie. She gave unselfishly to the care of her family. She had a beautiful smile, gentle eyes, caring heart, loving embrace, and unconditional love. The last few years of Joanne’s life were a struggle as the ugly grip of dementia took hold. One by one, the memories of a beautiful life flickered and dimmed. She continued to the end to talk of memories on Kinsac Lake. She never stopped absorbing the love from those around her. Although our hearts are heavy, we will celebrate her life and find comfort that she is at peace watching over us.
A private family memorial will be held at a later date.