Dear Clair and family
Iam sorry to hear the passing Joan she such a nice lady
I love when played music
My thoughts and prays are with you all
It is with heartfelt sadness that the family announces the passing of Joan Mildred Ashmore (Arnold) Shepherdson on September 16, 2022 at the Temiskaming Lodge, where she has been cared for since May 17, 2017. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. Joan was 89 years old on July 3rd, 2022. She and her husband, Clair Shepherdson, celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on July 18th, 2022.
Joan’s life revolved around her music. She was an accomplished pianist and accompanist and had received many accolades from teachers, adjudicators, other musicians and individuals. She started taking piano lessons when she was six years old from Ruby Dunn Wathen, and over the years played for literally hundreds of children for solos, duets or in choirs, particularly for the Temiskaming Music Festival every year. She was also the accompanist for several of the local adult choirs in the area. Prior to 2017, Joan played the piano or organ at the Community of Christ church in New Liskeard for over 60 years.
She was predeceased by her parents, George and Christina Arnold and her two sisters; Jacqueline (Mrs. Jack Kincaid) in January 2005 and Jeanne Arnold in August 2018. Joan is survived by her husband, Clair Shepherdson, of 69 years and their three children; Debra (Gary Whitworth), Daniel (Monika) and Jane Cameron. Their family grew over the years to 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. We will all miss her very much. Her extended family of many in-laws, nieces and nephews and cousins will remember her and her musical contribution to society.
We are so grateful for the tender and competent care provided to her during her stay at the Temiskaming Lodge. We all give a huge thank you to Dr. Don Davies, the nursing staff, and all the other care givers at the Lodge for their kindness, compassion and loving care.
Memorial donations may be made to World Accord, Cancer Care at Home, or any medical or charitable organization of your choice.
Her cremation has taken place. There will be visitation at the Timiskaming Funeral Cooperative - Perrin Chapel (128 Whitewood Ave, New Liskeard) on Saturday October 1st from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
There will be a Celebration of Life memorial held at the Community of Christ church on Niven Street, New Liskeard on October 2, 2022 at 1:30.p.m.