Obituary of Joan Jackman
Joan Jackman was the beloved daughter of William and Florence Barker; Devoted wife of Frank Jackman; Cherished mother of Joanne, Cory, Connie and Corina; Forever loved grandmother of Jessica, Brandon, Madison, Conall and Laurissa; Revered sister to her many siblings. We would like to acknowledge our aunt Marie for always going above and beyond that of a sister.
Our mother was well known for her countless hours of volunteer work within the community. For many years she was known to tend bar for all the Knights of Columbus functions as well as weddings held at St. Joseph’s parish hall. The Catholic Women’s Association was always close to her heart and many of her great friends were found within that group. She tirelessly gave her time to the St. Francis Xavier Parents Teacher Association the Boy Scouts of Canada in many capacities. Mom also catered many of the dinners served at the Grand Falls Golf Course when requested to help because others had cancelled. Yearly, Mom canvassed door to door collecting donations for the Cancer Society, The Arthritis Society and later in life, The Kidney Foundation because her close friend needed their services.
First and foremost she was our mother. She sacrificed and struggled to ensure her children had everything we needed. She prepared our favorite meals and always ensured that our individual preferences were seen to. Mom was always eager to chat and preferably play crib till the early morning light. She was the anchor of stability that filled our childhood with peace, joy and love.
Mom loved baking and many would remember her working at the CO-OP bakery. Many of the cookies and breads that were introduced in the years before the store closed were her own personal recipes. She loved to read, play cards and occasionally attend bingo when her health permitted. She loved to sing and dance, she often didn’t know the correct lyrics but that was no deterrent. She loved hugs that were long and pronounced, the kind of hugs that let you know you are loved.
Mom’s Favorite songs were from the musical duo Foster and Allen and she knew all the words to those songs. Mom and Dad were beautiful dancers which was often witnessed at the many weddings they attended over the years. Our father was from the Southern Shore where the Newfoundland Two Step was a cherished tradition and Mom loved to dance with him. Nothing was more beautiful than seeing two of them float across the dance floor, always the first to get up. We know she will be happy to be reunited with her partner and once again dawning the dance floor with grace.
“Your soft assuring way; The rock I lean on
Saw me through my darkest days when all hope had gone.
Your still the only one, I’ll ever hold near and
I love you after all these years”
Foster and Allen
Farewell for now, Love Always, your children.
At her request cremation has taken place and due to COVID-19 there will be no visitation or funeral mass at this time.