Joanna (Joey) Maxine Carey
Born March 4, 1973 and passed away October 26, 2015 at the age of 42 years.
God called Joanna’s name so gently,
That only she could hear,
No one heard the footsteps
Of her Angel drawing near.
Softly from the shadows
There came a gentle call,
Joey closed her eyes
And went to sleep and quietly left us all
When she got her wings and
Flew away with her Angel,
To the loving arms of her Father up above.
Joey passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Big Valley on October 26, 2015. She leaves to mourn her passing, the pride and joy of her life, her precious children: Taylor and Olha Sovach, Victoria ‘Tori’ Jarmin and Jonah Jarmin. Her loving parents Vic and Barb Carey, her much loved big brother Wes and his son Lincoln; the father of her children Matt Jarmin and all her treasured family and friends. She was predeceased by her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Family and friends were one of the joys in Joey’s life. She also loved gardening and grew the most beautiful sunflowers (her signature flower), she loved fairies, pixies, dragons, anything with wings, she loved her puppies and all other animals as well as being outdoors camping and fishing.
Joey enjoyed crafting with her Mom, Grandmas and her Nana; she enjoyed many crafts during her membership in the Gadsby 4H Craft Club. Joey was a skilled quilter and enjoyed the time she had quilting with sister in law Patty. Joey was a proud member of the Big Valley Legion. Joey truly enjoyed being involved and attending her children’s activities, Taylor in Cadets and hockey, Victoria in gymnastics and Cadets and Jonah in hockey and football. She was there with them and for them.
Joey was born a city girl on March 4, 1973 in Kamloops, BC and became a true farm girl when the family moved back to Alberta to the Carey Family Farm in 1979 and then to the Ganshirt Family Farm in 1980. She learned to drive on ‘the little Allis’ a 1949 Allis Chalmers Tractor and used her new driving skills square baling with the old John Deere D Tractor. Over time she learned to operate most all of the farm machinery. Joey loved being outside working with her dad and big brother Wes doing field work and working with the cows.
Joey started school in Stavely, Alberta, finished elementary and junior high in Gadsby, completed high school and graduated from Wm. E. Hay in Stettler. Joey completed the Beauty Culture Course in high school and after graduation she began her Hairstyling Apprenticeship and received her Journeyman Hairstylist Licence in August of 1995. Joey achieved one of her dreams when she opened her own Hair Studio called “Curl Up and Dye Hair Studio” in Big Valley, Alberta and she just loved styling and looking after “her girls” at Paragon Place and Heart Haven Lodge.
Joanna had a big and loving heart and will be sorely missed by all who knew her, a beautiful, young life ended too soon.
Funeral services were held at Stettler Funeral Home on November 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM with Funeral Celebrant Todd Reinholt officiating. Joey’s children wrote special memories and friend Tammy Streit gave a loving tribute. Royal Canadian Legion presented a fraternal service. Interment took place at Omega Cemetery, Gadsby, Alberta. Family and friends gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of sharing and a luncheon by Teresa’s Catering. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com
Memorial donations may be made to Big Valley Legion, Support Our Troops or a charity of your own choice, c/o
STETTLER FUNERAL HOME,
Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.