Funeral Homes   Submit Obituary



In Loving memory of Joan Alice Heffernan. Joan passed away peacefully on February 22, 2018 a few months before her 102nd birthday. Born June 18,1916 in Winnipeg Man. the youngest of 5 children to Ernest and Edith Lownds. After graduation she headed west to St Joseph’s Hospital’s School of Nursing in Victoria B.C.

Upon becoming an RN and seeking adventure she was headed to the Yukon but ended up in Smithers B.C. It was there she met George (who affectionally called her “Lou”) a 47-year-old confirmed bachelor. They married in April 1945 and had three children Alex, Patricia and Eric while living at beautiful Lake Kathlyn. Though Joan retired from nursing when she got married, when duty called she would help in the operating room. Other times Dad would chain up his truck and they would head off to a trapper’s cabin to delivery a baby or other medical aid.

Looking for a warmer climate they moved to Kelowna in 1966. Joan was an accomplished swimmer receiving a “Life Time Pool Pass” from Mayor John Hindle but preferred the ‘Sharpness” of a cool lake swim. On her 100th Birthday her special request was to have a swim in the lake, which she did a few weeks later, followed by a glass of sherry. Mom also had a green thumb, roses and other plants flourished under her dedicated efforts. Flowers often appearing in one of her watercolors or needle point.

Grandma Ball took a strong interest in her grandsons Shaun and David, teaching them how to play crib and attending their school, sporting and theatre events.
Joan leaves behind her beloved son Eric (Kathleen) her grandsons Shaun (Meghan) and David. She was predeceased by her son Alex, her daughter Patricia and husband George. Always a kind, loving and thoughtful Mother and Grandmother. Thanks for the memories Grandma Ball. We love you.
Leading by example Joan is leaving donations to the Salvation Army and Kelowna Food Bank. Interment to follow in the family plot at Smithers BC.

“The lady that kissed him and pinched his poke--- was the lady known as Lou”
Robert Service

Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.firstmemoriafuneralkelowna.com. Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna. 250-762-2299

Link: www.firstmemoriafuneralkelowna.com
Condolence Messages
  • Mar 02, 2018
    Kathy and Eric,
    The last two months have been tough ones for you. Cherish the wonderful memories that you have of both of your mothers. I know that you will keep their spirits alive with all of your wonderful stories. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
    Janine Goodall
  • Feb 28, 2018
    I used to love spending time with Mrs. Heffernan whenever I would visit my grandparents. She was always welcoming when I would tap on her door and ask to come in. I was so excited when I would see her brown mercedes in the carport since that meant she was home and maybe available for a visit! Very fond memories of a wonderful woman. I am sorry to hear of her passing but I must say wow, what a life well lived, to an amazing age of 102!
    Amy (Dahle) Macdonald
  • Feb 27, 2018
    Eric, Kathleen and family, we are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Such a lovely tribute. Take care and cherish the memories.
    Darlene and Pat Ewings
  • Feb 27, 2018
    A loving tribute to a remarkable woman and a life well lived. May your memories of Joan bring you comfort and inspiration.
    With warm thoughts,
    Sandra and Roger Sellick
  • Feb 27, 2018
    To Eric and family,
    So sad to see your mom has passed, but also happy to have known her for many years. She was always such a happy and welcoming lady. She did live a very full life and touched many people along the way. I am so glad she made her lake swim on her 100th birthday, that really was her passion. Heaven truly has received an angel.
    Rest in peace "LOU".
    Richard and Sherry Dahle
  • Feb 27, 2018
    To the Heffernan family, we are so sorry for your loss. What a lovely obituary, she lived a most beautiful and full life. Thoughts are with you and your family, Eric.
    Doug and Linda Watson