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Born: May 19, 1937

Date of Passing: Aug 17, 2018

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JOAN YEREX (NICHOLSON) It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Joan Yerex (Nicholson), with family by her side, on August 17, 2018, at the age of 81. Joan was born on May 19, 1937, and was raised on the family farm just outside of Neepawa, Manitoba, attending Stoney Creek School, and Neepawa High School. On May 26, 1956, she married Daune Yerex of Springhill, Manitoba. Together, they established a construction business, Daune worked the machines, and Joan took care of the accounting. The family moved to various locations to follow the work, residing in Winnipeg for 15 years, and returning to Neepawa in 1972. Once the family got a little older, Joan enjoyed working with Sears. For Joan, nothing was more important than family and good friends who were always welcome to drop in. She was quick to start up the coffee pot, share her home-made treats, and she was able to prepare the best meals from whatever was at hand, for those fortunate enough to drop in close to meal time. Joan had a creative spirit that often found her sewing or knitting something special for family, friends, or for those less fortunate. She enjoyed painting, wallpapering, re-upholstering furniture, and many other crafts to enhance the family home. Her yard, flower beds and garden were another testament to her dedication to the home environment. Joan's selfless nature found her with many volunteer organizations, spending countless hours helping others. Joan found the perfect life partner in Daune. They both loved sports and travel, often combining the two, travelling across the country and to the states to watch baseball or hockey games. There were none more special than teams that included their children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews. Joan was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Daune; parents, Jack and Dorothy Nicholson (Stewart); in-laws, Noble and Irene Yerex (Adamson); sisters and brothers-in-law, Sybil and Galvin Burton, Norma and Jim Fleger, Erma and Cliff Massing, Muriel and Al Bell, Max Yerex, Glen Yerex, Ardyth Wood, and Mavis Williamson; and nephews, Chris Yerex, Blaine Burton, and Murray Abel. Joan will be lovingly remembered by her family, Kim Yerex, Bryan Yerex (Elsie), Kathy Campbell (Jim); grandchildren, Jason Kennedy, and great-granddaughter, Abby, Carmen and Mark Yerex, Steven and Shayne Campbell; brothers, Clifford Nicholson (Eleanor), Melvin (Janet), Bill (Lynda), Fred (Nicole); and sisters, Linda Crooks, Lois Hulme (Robin); sisters-in-law, Carol (Ed) Carson, Lorna and Vera Yerex; brothers-in-law, John Williamson and John Wood; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. The funeral was held at the Neepawa United Church on Friday, August 24, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Daune and Joan Yerex Family Fund, through the Beautiful Plains Community Foundation.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 25, 2018

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Joan and Daune were so welcoming to me and my sons when the Eden baseball team was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. - Posted by: Sharon Ife (Wilkinson) (freind) on: Aug 25, 2018

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