Joanna Lynn Sanderson (nee. Moen)
November 5, 1971 to October 20, 2018
Joanna passed away early in the morning of October 20, 2018 in hospice care with her beloved husband Mike at her side. She is survived by Mike and her children Abigail and Ryan, her parents Butch Moen and Pat Day and their spouses Jackie Dorgan and Jim Day, Mike’s parents David and Louanne Sanderson, her sister Erin Fennell (Nathan, Claire, and Olivia) and Mike’s brother Dean Sanderson (daughters Isabella and Clara). She was loved deeply by her aunts and uncles, surviving grandparents and cousins. Joanna was predeceased by her Grandmother Marjorie and Aunt Linda.
Joanna lived with brain cancer for 15 years and touched many people throughout her life. It is an understatement to say that she lived each day of her life with optimism and grace. She was an elementary school teach in Lillooet, and she and Mike and their babies were embraced by that community following her diagnosis. Mike’s work took them to Prince George where they again established deep friendships. Joanna and Mike returned home to Kamloops for Abby and Ryan to start kindergarten, and Dufferin has been their home ever since. Abby and Ryan were her pride and joy.
Joanna’s network of lifelong friends, neighbours, and acquaintances have stood beside her, supported her, and loved her unconditionally. In the last days of her life the presence of Joanna’s friends was truly touching and was a testament to their love for her.
Joanna’s family would like to express their gratitude to her caregivers and medical professionals in Kamloops for their guidance and support over the years, and to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home for their compassionate care of Joanna, our family, and her friends.
A celebration of Joanna’s life will be held at in the Grand Hall at Thompson Rivers University on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers or if otherwise desired, the Sanderson family invite you to donate to the Joanna Sanderson Memorial Fund at Go Fund Me. This fund will provide a scholarship each year to a graduate of the Lillooet Secondary School that commits to pursuing a career in education.
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