Joan Victoria D’Arcey (nee Bowers) passed away peacefully in her sleep at her farm in Darfield, BC, during the early hours of Thursday, January 11, 2007 at the age of 58 years.
Born in Salmon Arm, BC on June 30, 1948, Joan taught at Kamloops, Revelstoke and many rural schools in the Barriere area. She most recently taught at Vavenby Elementary school, where she is well remembered and respected for her special skills with her class. She was a member of the infamous, winning Jewel’s basketball squad during the 1960’s Provincial Championships. While in Revelstoke, she took a leave from teaching to enjoy time working with Parks Canada, having the opportunity to explore nature at its best.
A celebration of life service (chapters from the book of Joan) was held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, on Tuesday afternoon, January 16th at 1:00 p.m. Jack Bowers, her brother, officiating, assisted by Catherine Kroetch as organist and soloist.
Tributes were shared by family members and her Principal, Phil Janicki. A reception followed in the Mountainside room at Bowers, allowing the friends to continue sharing stories and to meet her extended family.
Cremation followed with interment planned for her birthday in her parent’s grave in Mt. Ida Cemetery, Salmon Arm.
Honorary pallbearers were fellow Jewel’s team mates Gerry Inskip (Raymond), Lynn Nelson (McDonald), Pat Marsh (Turner), Gaye Leggat (Cummings), Joanne Sargent, Paulette Steele (Laitres), Nancy Burke (Jamieson) and Phyllis Minion (Daniels).
Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Dorothy Bowers of Salmon Arm, she leaves her loving family, husband, Bryan D’Arcey; daughter, Sarah; sons, Joseph and Patrick; sister Jill (Kip) Holloway of Revelstoke and brother Jack (Gayle) Bowers of Salmon Arm; many nieces, nephews and cousins, both in Canada and Ireland; and as well, her beloved students in Vavenby.
Email condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Funeral arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm, BC.