21 Nov 1926 - 25 May 2014
21 Nov 1926 - 25 May 2014
On May 25, 2014. Peacefully at rest.
Dearly beloved wife for 67 years of Alan. Much loved mother, mother-in-law and Nanna of Brian and Rosalie; Andrea and Simone (Australia): Brenda and Richard; Julian, Simon (Melbourne) and James (Auckland): Douglas and Jane; Lucy (Gabon) and Amanda (Tauranga). Beloved sister of Nellie.
A celebration of the life of Joan was held on Thursday, 29th May, 2014 at Onekawa Bible Church, Riverbend Road, Napier followed by interment at the Wharerangi Lawn Cemetery.
Special thanks to the medical staff at Hawkes Bay Hospital.
Tributes may be left at our website www.dunstalls.co.nz. Emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to the Roberts Family, c/- PO Box 1055, Napier 4140.
My Dearest Aunty Joan,
Words cannot even start to express how saddened I am of your passing and how you will be missed so very much but I will do my best to express them. Firstly I pass on my deepest sympathy to you Uncle Alan who I know will be grieving for your wife of 67 years, you two shared such a deep love for oneanother and a real friendship where you were able to just be or chat but you knew what each was thinking without having to say anything, that was a rare thing and dont you ever forget that. Jonathan and I will keep in touch once you move to be closer to family. To Brian, Rosalie and family, Brenda, Richard and family, Doug, Jayne and family, I knew some of you very well myself and others I knew through Aunty Joan and my thoughts and prayers go out to you as well. As a girl I remember coming down to see you every time we came over from Aust on our holidays but it wasnt until Jonathan and I were married and we lived near by 11 years ago that I really got to know you well. You were the only NZ extended family member (since Grandma wasnt able to) who kept in touch regularly and I thank you so much for that as it hasnt been easy being away from immediate family. Since being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, last Nov 2013 there wasnt a week that went by that I didnt hear from you at least once, usually twice and I dont think I could have got through the last 7 months without your loving support and encouragement and that has meant more to me than anyone will know. Both Jonathan and I loved you both so very much. When we dropped in Uncle Alan and Jonathan used to talk shop about anything philosophical, mechanical, electrical, anything, they went outside and looked at the car and we went out and looked at your flowers and garden bed, which by the way was always immaculate. Then we went inside and just sat chating about what was happening health wise, talking about what your family and Grandchildren were doing and anything else that was on our minds and hearts over a cuppa. I only spoke with just before you went in for your op and obviously I knew you werent feeling at all well and the op was serious. When you woke up I was so happy but obviously it was God's timing for your exit from this world and I am deeply touched that you are no longer suffering and are in a much better place.
You reminded me so much of Grandad with your personality being that of a quietly contented woman but always up for a giggle on the side with your great sense of humour. You have left behind a wonderful legacy Aunty Joan and that is your incredibly deep love of family and friends, encouragement to anyone who need it, even if it was someone you didnt really know, always making each one of us feeling valued and loved in the family as someone extra special, great hospitality even when you were on your way out; you so often changed your plans when we popped in, you were one amazing gentle loving lady who was so special to so many. Individually I will miss you so very much.
My Aunty Joan is much loved by me, as are all my Aunts and Uncles (past and present). I loved visiting her and uncle Alan on my many visits to Napier since 1959 and receiving her graces of hospitality, friendship and good conversation. We never solved the 'worlds problems' but we came close to doing so on occasions.
As a boy Aunty Joan (& Uncle Alan) played a critical role in quietly firing my interest in agriculture and plant science. I holidayed on the sheep farm where they worked and got hooked on farming and the native bush. Later weekend visits to their small farm at Bay View contributed to my growing interest in all things agricultural and natural.
Aunty Joan was always a caring person and I, with my brothers, particularly appreciated the support given to our Mother after Dad died. She cared deeply, loved generously, and served others with a clear mind and purpose.
I am very sad that Aunty Joan has now gone from us to be with God but at the same time I am relieved her suffering and frailty have ended. I will always remember her happy and contented nature, her encouragement, good hospitality, service to others, and her deep love of family and friends. These are her legacy and I value them greatly.
To Uncle Alan and my Roberts cousins, I offer my deepest sympathy.
To Dear Nellie, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear sister, Joan. My prayers and love are with you at this time.
I know God will give you strength and peace to face the days ahead.. Isaiah 41 v 10. With Love Heather Forrest
Dear Auntie Joan,
It was with deep sadness we learnt of your passing. You have been a special aunty in our lives. We always looked forward to seeing both you and Uncle Alan when visiting Napier. You always greeted us with warmth and affection and we enjoyed sharing a meal or a cup of tea with you and chatting about family and other things.
In particular, your love and support toward our mother, after the passing away of our father, will never be forgotten by us.
It was wonderful seeing you recently and sharing some precious time with you.Visiting Napier will never be quite the same in the future, without you there.
Looking forward to seeing you in heaven one day.
Dearest Aunty Joan,
How we all loved you. You were such a special person. Warm hearted and interested in all of us and what we were doing with our lives. How you will be missed by Uncle Alan and all your family and our family also.
You will be very sadly missed by all of us.
Your emails were always so welcome and talking to you on the phone when visiting New Zealand was always special.
How sad I am to think you have now departed this life but I am glad your suffering and frail health has now ended and your spirit is now free to soar above earthly troubles and pain. With very much love and thanks for the blessings you provided in my life and the lives of my husband Ken and our children Paul and Carleen and her husband Jonathan.
I am sure you will be given a great "send off" and wish I could be there for this memorable occassion.