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Joan Kay Murray, 79, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1938 in Littlefork, Mn. to Carl and Mildred Blom.

The Blom family grew up in Big Falls, Mn. until 1938, when it moved to Carp, then Baudette, Mn.

In 1956, Joan was united in marriage to Theodore “Pat” Murray at First Lutheran Church in Baudette and they had three daughters together during their 25-year union.

Joan and Pat lived in many Northern Ontario/Manitoba communities, namely Pinewood, Ont., where she helped Adele and George (Nanny and Grandad) Murray with Murray's Grill, Headingley, Man., Camp Robinson, Ont., and Rainy River, Ont., before finally settling in Fort Frances, Ont., where Joan was a loans officer for the Fort Frances Credit Union until she retired in 1988, where she spent the next eight years with her partner, William (Bill) Cameron.

Joan lived independently in her house and apartment at Shevlin Towers until February, 2017, when she then moved into long-term care, first in Rainycrest and then to Riverside Health Care in Rainy River.

She enjoyed her time in Rainy River and met very sweet friends, Annie, Millie, Wilma, and Lenora.

Joan loved the outdoors, and fished and hunted with Pat and her sisters and brothers-in-law. She also loved to cook for family reunions and we all looked forward to spending those days, in a big tent to keep out those mosquitoes that always seemed to be in abundance in July and August!

She also was an avid knitter and made special sweaters for all of her grandchildren.

Joan is survived by her daughters, Sandra (Noris) Piccinato of Fort Frances, Ont., Belinda (Ian) Chin Pang of Mississauga, Ont., and Tricia (Dave) Escuyos of Lacombe, Alta.; five grandchildren, Gillian (her favourite and only granddaughter),Tyson Piccinato of Fort Frances, Ont., Tyler Chin Pang of Mississauga, Ont., Cody Escuyos of Toronto, Ont., and Riley Escuyos of Lacombe, Alta.; and maternal nieces, Deborah Blom and Sherri Smart.

She had an unwavering love of family that embraced these, and great-niece and nephews/great-nephews on the Blom and Murray side.

Joan was predeceased by her parents, Carl and Mildred Blom (nee Ekeberg); brother, Alfred Blom; sisters, Gail Mayerchuk and Sandra Jill; and brother-in-law, Mike Byrnes.

Cremation has taken place, with a private family gathering in July, 2018.

In memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Northwestern Ontario branch), 104-979 Alloy Dr., Thunder Bay, Ont., P7B 5Z8.