Caring in Our Community
Jay Gatsby

Joan Isabel Bailey

- October 12, 2017

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our mother Joan Isabel Bailey on October 12, 2017. She passed away peacefully in her home in Saskatoon surrounded by her family at the age of 72. Mom was born to Frances and Bjarne Hansen in Regina, but raised in Eatonia. She married our dad, Dewain Bailey, in 1963. Mom had a love of music at an early age, which was encouraged by her grandfather Kolbjorn, and her mother and father. She learned to play piano from the same teacher who taught her mother. She played accordion, and she played xylophone with her father and neighbours in the Community Band. It was important to her to share her love of music with her children and with the community, accompanying School Band students, “My Girls” (United Church Junior Choir), playing in Church, and accompanying Community Choirs! Mom enjoyed the outdoors with gardening, flowers, and fussing over fruit and ornamental trees. She enjoyed the Harvest Season, especially if it meant that she didn’t have to worry about making meals for the field, and was able to drive combine. She and Dad shared a love of horses, and they went on many trail rides together including two Wagon Treks to Lloydminster in 1993 and again in 2003 re-enacting the Barr Colonist Trail for its 100th Anniversary. Mom loved traveling and seeing the world, she enjoyed entertaining & her weekly bridge group. She had a love of the Christmas season and always had the house beautifully decorated. In her later years she developed a passion for quilting and the people she met through it. Mom made quilts for her family, and her grandchildren, her nieces and nephews and their kids. Her last quilt was finished a few days before her death with the help of her very close friend Sherry, who stopped in for a visit and sleep over which ended up being her last Quilting Retreat! Joan will be lovingly missed by Dewain, and their children, Rob (Kathi), Tracey-Ann (Jim), & Tjana (Warren). She will also be missed by her grandchildren, Kendra, Charlie, Danielle, Krue, her brother Jim (Debbie) and sister Barbara (Stephen). We know mom would want to express thanks to various care providers including Dr. Colin, Dr. Moser and others at the Cancer Clinic, and Nurses Next Door and the Palliative Care Nurses who came to their home. A special thank you to her pharmacist Jenn. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Grandmothers Campaign, sponsored by the Stephen Lewis Foundation (; or to the Canadian Cancer Society (

Funeral Details

A Celebration of her Life through music and story will take place at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the United Church in Eatonia, Saskatchewan.

Condolence Messages

Joe & Bev Guidinger

Written October 17, 2017 from ,

Dewain, Rob,Kathi, Tracey-Ann,Jim,Tjana& Warren

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Cherish the memories,
Take care,
Joe & Bev

Sheila Nunweiler

Written October 17, 2017 from Kindersley, SK

Dewain and Family,
My sincere sympathy to all of you. My first remembrance of Joan was just after we got married, Joan had a "backwards" Tupperware Party. Everyone wore their clothes backwards. She had her shirt, necklace, and pants all on backwards!!!
I will always remember Joan's music. I appreciate getting to know her.
May God comfort each of you and give you strength in this time of sorrow.
Sheila Nunweiler & Family

Ken, Marina, Jen, Dave and Ellie

Written October 18, 2017 from Seaforth, Ontario

Our deepest condolences to all of you , Joan will be greatly missed. We have a lot of great memories of our visits to Joan Dewain and family at Laporte and Eatonia. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Joyce and Herb Frank

Written October 19, 2017 from Eatonia, SK

Dear Dewain, Rob & Kathi, Tracey-Ann & Jim, Tjana & Warren and families.

Our deepest sympathies to you.
Joan had such a wonderful smile and a friendly way of making each of us feel like someone special. She was such an encouraging person. We are enriched for knowing her.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Herb and Joyce Frank and family

Duane and Lynne Becker

Written October 20, 2017 from Eatonia, Saskatchewan

Our sincere sympathy to all of your family. Joan was a kind and compassionate lady. Always making time for a chat as she worked on her yard. Will remember all the good games of bridge we played! She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.