Mary Joan McKinley (nee Rogerson

Mary Joan

McKinley

(née Rogerson)

August 23, 1946 – December 27, 2011

Joan passed away December 27, 2011 in Nanaimo with her family at her side. She was born in Ottawa and moved to Ladysmith in 1964. Predeceased by her father John Rogerson and sister Kathy, she is survived by her husband of 46 years, Jack and their four children, John (Teresa), Kathy (Ian), Shawna (Brad), and Jaci (Andy), her 7 grandchildren, Jessica (Dave), Taylor, Kaylie, Danica, Aedan, Isaac and Mackenna as well as her mother, Kay Rogerson, her siblings John (Joan), Mike (Lori), Pete (Darlene), Karen (Barb) and many nieces and nephews.

Joan loved her family and was very active in St. Mary’s Parish. She was the religious education coordinator for the parish for 20 years and for a period of time was appointed parish administrator. She was active on the parish council and the CWL and was chairperson and president of each for a time. She was active with the Ladysmith Resource Centre as a volunteer for the food bank and as coordinator for the Ladysmith Christmas Hamper deliveries. She was also active in the Legion and the North Oyster School parent group.

She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her warm and welcoming way, her many crafts and her unselfish service to others.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church at 11 am on Wednesday, January 4th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

A special thank you to the caring nurses and staff at the Nanaimo Palliative Care Unit and the cancer clinic at the

Royal Jubilee Hospital.