MURRAY – Annabelle Joan (nee Maitland), beloved wife of Del, passed away peacefully at the Souris Hospital on January 27, 2015 after a brief illness, with family by her side. Joan was born in Souris, MB on August 6, 1928 to Tom and Belle Maitland, the youngest of 4 children. She graduated from Souris School in 1945, earning the Governor General’s medal. Joan especially loved studying languages and was often seen with a dictionary or an encyclopedia in her hand. Joan completed her X-ray Technician training at the General Hospital in Winnipeg, achieving a 98% average, and worked at Souris Hospital until receiving an offer from Dr. Kohanovitch. She would frequently travel around Southern Manitoba taking x-rays with his portable x-ray machine. In 1950, she married her best friend Del Murray. They built a wonderful 64 year marriage with 4 children and 7 grandchildren and made many happy memories. Joan was a member of the local chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi, enjoyed skating and was an avid curler, developing many close friendships. She loved watching Del play hockey and being a part of the hockey atmosphere. There were many trips taken with family and friends, and many days spent around the home swimming pool that filled Joan with wonderful happy memories. She loved to talk to people and was known for her gentle, loving, caring nature. Joan devoted her life to being a kind, loving and supportive wife, mom, grandma and friend. She kept a spotless home even through the many renovations and prepared many meals surrounded by family and friends. She was very proud of her family and was always eager to talk about them and their accomplishments. Joan is deeply missed by her husband Del, son Jeff (Joan); son Mark (Alison), Alex and Julie; daughter Denise (Jim Luptak), Joanne (Ryan), Tyler (Larissa), Erica; son-in-law Jerry Araujo, Steven (Sarah), Stephanie (John). She was predeceased by her daughters Debbie, Marcia, Margot; parents Tom and Belle Maitland; sisters Betty and Jean and brother Ken Maitland. By Joan’s request, cremation has taken place and no funeral service will be held. Private interment in the Souris Glenwood Cemetery will take place at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Joan may be made to the Town of Souris Beautification Fund c/o Municipality of Souris-Glenwood, Box 518, Souris, MB R0K 2C0 or to the Souris Palliative Care Fund, c/o Prairie Mountain, Box 10, Souris, MB R0K 2C0.
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Please accept our condolences on the death of Joan..Her friendly face and outgoing personality will be sadly missed.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sincerely Evelyn Skinner & Jerry Carlisle
Deepest sympathies to the Murray/Luptak family. You are in our thoughts.
Thinking of you and sending sympathy to you all and your families. Joan was such a wonderful happy lady and will be missed by so many people.
When I think of the type of older person I hope to live to be, I think of Joan. She never seemed like a 86 year old woman, she was spunky, always laughing, full of life and liked her wine. What a great inspiration to her age, she was a wonderful lady. With Sincere Sympathy, Cathy Suski
My prayers and thoughts are with you all
We were away at the time of Joan’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. She was such a grand lady, smart, kind and spirited. Our Sincere condolences Carla and Barry Brigden