Joanne Louise Stewart
Obituary for Joanne Louise Stewart
Joanne (Mitzi) Stewart (nee Ormsbee) – of Halifax, passed away on April 19th, 2021 at the QEII Health Sciences Centre at the age of 70, after a long hard battle with “bulbar onset” ALS. In the early stages, she would often say, “I’m not dying of ALS, I’m living with ALS”. Her cup was always half full as she faced this monster head on. She fought long and hard and never complained. Even after losing her mobility and the ability to speak, she was still a bright shining light, and an inspiration to everyone who knew her.
Joanne leaves behind her devoted and loving husband, Wayne Stewart who loved and cared for her unconditionally. Joanne was diagnosed with ALS in November of 2017 and on Christmas Eve of that same year, Wayne asked her to marry him. A true love story. Wayne is definitely one in a million and he is appreciated more than he’ll ever know.
Joanne also leaves behind her momma Florence Ormsbee, Halifax; her son Matthew Walsh (Tracey), Brookside; her “boys” Luke Walsh, and Ben Walsh, Brookside; her sister Diane Highmore, Halifax; and her sister Penny Ormsbee (Keith), Halifax.
She was predeceased by her late husband Laurie Ryan of Bridgewater; and her father Charles Leslie Ormsbee of Halifax.
Joanne worked for Employment and Immigration (Service Canada) for 35 years where she was admired and respected for her leadership skills. She was best known for her team building workshops, and the Train the Trainer program. Humour and fun was always at the forefront.
She was creative and loved to play. There wasn’t much she didn’t take on with gusto, including: sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, painting, scrapbooking, doll making, paper crafts, baking, and cooking. She was quite a perfectionist and loved the challenge of fine detailed work. “Martha” Stewart might have been a more fitting name for her.
Joanne’s heart and soul truly belonged to her ScotianAires family, who are a diverse group of women from the Halifax area who perform and compete singing a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. Joanne sang bass, managed costumes, and was always up for a strong competition.
Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors, Dartmouth. www.donaldkwalker.ca Donations in Joanne’s memory may be made to the ALS Society of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia www.alsnbns.ca Please sign the guest book and feel free to share photos and stories that are close to your heart. A celebration of life will take place at a future date to be announced. Joanne’s remains will be laid to rest at the Sunrise Cemetery, Prospect, where she can rest in peace surrounded by nature.
Although her light has been extinguished, Joanne lives on in the hearts of everyone who knew her. I’m sure she would want all of us to live fully in her place, and to be the things we all loved most about her.
Love never dies!
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