Joan Glen passed away Oct. 15 in Pincher Creek’s Crestview Lodge at the age of 87.
Mourning her loss are her brother, Bill Webb, daughters Heather Dodd (Norman), Laurie Glen (Norm Hilbert), Barbara Glen (David Schritt), Tracy Glen (Warren Akitt), grandchildren Jamie Dodd; Melissa, Dan, Stephanie and Travis Graham; and great-grandchildren Jayden, Brandon and Tyler Hayward, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Joan was predeceased by her husband, David B. Glen, her sister Betty Jacobs, her grandson Curtis Dodd and her own parents, Leona and William Webb.
Joan was born in Edmonton and grew up in Tofield, Alta., the middle child between Betty and Bill. She obtained her teaching degree and taught elementary school in several northern Alberta towns before meeting and marrying David in July 1955. They lived in various locations, among them Drayton Valley, Fox Creek and Lodgepole, while David, his parents and brothers pursued oilfield work as Glen Contractors Ltd.
In 1961, the family moved to a ranch north of Pincher Creek and a few years later to a ranch north of Lundbreck, where they lived and raised their four daughters until 1990. They then moved to Pincher Creek and eventually to Crestview Lodge, where Joan resided until her passing.
Joan had a life-long love of music and was a skilled pianist. She gave piano lessons to many youths in the Lundbreck and Cowley community and was church organist at Foothills United Church in Cowley for more than 20 years. She was also a substitute teacher and accepted numerous long-term substitute teaching terms at Livingstone School in Lundbreck, Canyon School in Pincher Creek and Brocket School in Brocket.
Joan was an avid gardener of vegetables but especially flowers. She loved to dance and do handwork including knitting, crocheting and cross-stitch.
She was vital to operations at Glen Ranching Ltd., where she also ran a bed and breakfast in the 1980s. After leaving the ranch, she and David operated a successful business, Glen Ranch Barnwood Originals.
Joan was a member of the Eastern Star Castleview Chapter and a former member of the UCW and Daughters of the Nile.
She was always and forever supportive of her girls’ endeavors, whether 4-H, rodeo, track and field, singing, school sports or fly fishing. Her elegance and kindness endeared her to many and she leaves a vast empty space in all our lives.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Pincher Creek United Church beginning at 2 p.m. Refreshments will follow in the church basement. Condolences/tributes can be posted at Eden’s Funeral Homes, Pincher Creek. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to the Cowley Lions Club for community projects and service, Box 53, Cowley, Alta. T0K 0P0.
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