Joanne “Joey” Elizabeth MURDOCH (nee Braun)

MURDOCH, Joanne “Joey” Elizabeth (nee Braun)

November 30, 1937-July 18, 2017, Kelowna, BC


Joanne “Joey” Elizabeth Murdoch, wife, mother, sister, friend, nurse, volunteer, private pilot and travel lover passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 after a hard-fought, 15 year battle with cancer.


She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, James Robert (Bob) Murdoch and her two daughters, Brenda (Mike) and Shelley. She is also survived by her younger sister, Patricia, brother-in-law, Allan (Kathy), sisters-in-law, Doreen, Wendy and Debbie (Michael). She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Hannah (Annie) Braun, mother/father-in-law, Doris and Len Murdoch, stepmother, Ida Braun, sister-in-law, Enola Howe and brother-in-law George Starheim. She will be missed by her many friends and her cookie-loving grandpuppies, Max, Molly and Gaby.


Joanne will be remembered for her caring personality and warm smile that made her an excellent nurse. She could start up conversations with strangers with ease and was a lifelong volunteer. She was a whiz at Scrabble, crosswords and Jeopardy and never passed up an opportunity to play cards. She loved to travel, going to faraway places like parts of Europe, Australia, Panama and Alaska. She also travelled with her two daughters to Alaska and Australia/New Zealand. She would willingly take any opportunity to go somewhere new. She enjoyed having coffee or lunch (usually a quesadilla) with friends, watching her beloved Toronto Blue Jays and other sports, Judge Judy and General Hospital. She was funny, social and incredibly stubborn and independent, all of which aided her in her fight against her cancer diagnosis. She was the most positive person throughout her journey.


In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice, as Joanne was an avid donor to her causes. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1 PM at the Springfield Funeral Home (2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC). Special thanks to the Central Okanagan Hospice-South for the wonderful care Joanne received and to Al, Kathy, Pat and Mavis for all their support during this difficult time.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting



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