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Joanna Lynn Sanderson 1971 – 2018

Posted By Drake Smith On October 24, 2018 @ 10:05 am In Obituaries | 5 Comments

In Memorial

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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Condolence from Claire Harms on October 24th, 2018 7:48 pm

Pat and Jim – I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers <3

Condolence from Davide Fattor on October 25th, 2018 9:49 am

My most heartfelt condolences to the family of Joanna. Her wonderful smile, positive and always kidding attitude is what I will always remember of Joanna. She was one of my very first clients when I came to Kamloops 20 years ago and stayed as such. I will miss her smile.
I am very sorry to hear of her passing.

Condolence from Nina Day Kelly on November 2nd, 2018 7:20 pm

My heartfelt condolences to everyone. My love to all

Condolence from Jacqueline & Peter on November 3rd, 2018 7:56 am

Dear Pat and Jim.
Our deepest condolences to you and all the family. We will always remember Joanna’s beautiful smile and her kind and positive attitude. She touched many lives. A warrior until the end.
Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the Celebration of Joanna’s life.

Condolence from Crystal Hill on November 13th, 2018 8:35 pm

I would just like to take a moment to share my condolences with the family, friends, and supporters of Joanna. I had an awesome privilege of doing care for Joanna, and I mean she was a breath of fresh air. She always made me laugh, especially with her sarcasm. She was always someone I could share good conversations over a hot cappacino. She was very proud of her hot caps 🙂 When I would wake her up upon arrival, she was the only person that had a smile on her face, and so sweet. I’m really sorry for the loss of Joanna. I wish the family much beautiful memories of her. It was a pleasure getting to know the family. And such a great family you are. Please take good care 🙂

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