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Joan A. Weir dies at 73 

Joan Weir

Joan Weir

Joan A. Weir went home to be with the Lord on July 6, 2014. She died peacefully at home in Templeton, Ca. from complications related to cancer, she was 73 years old.

Joan was born February 3, 1941 in Sunnyside, New Brunswick Canada. She worked at the Catherine Booth Children’s Hospital in Montreal, Canada. She had two daughters, Tamela and Lori before moving to California in 1970. It was there she met her soul mate and one true love, Sam Weir. They were happily married for 35 years.

She worked at Dr. Ellison and Dr. Colton’s office for 22 years, where she was dearly loved by staff and patients. Joan was also a very active member in the community, volunteering over the years with many organizations such as Echo Homeless Shelter and the Paso Robles Library, to name a few. Family, friends and her faith were Joan’s delight. She loved to laugh and made having fun a priority – like spending time on the hot sands of Hawaii with a stack of good books, dancing around to Toby Keith, or just spending a carefree night out with her best friends. Sam and Joan enjoyed going to watch Sam’s horses race at Los Alamitos over the years. She truly lived life to the fullest and had such a special ability to reach and touch people in a positive way. One would always come away from time spent with Joanie feeling better no matter the circumstances, and always with a smile.

Joan had many physical struggles over the more recent years, especially these past months, but her faith and joy in Jesus never wavered. The night before she left us for Heaven her last text message to her daughter was, “I am doing fine, all I need are prayers, Gods will, He is in charge of everyone and everything. It’s so easy to give it all to Him. It takes all responsibility off yourself.”

She is survived by her loving husband, Sam Weir of Templeton, Ca.; her mother, Robina “Vi” Gaddis of Calais, Maine; her brother, Paul Desmond of Calais, Maine; daughters, Tammi Cegeleske ( Jerry ) of Ketchikan, Alaska and Tracy Bower ( David ) of Livermore, California; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who loved and adored there “Nana”. As well as many dearly loved family and friends from Canada to Maine and all over California. She is preceded in death by her father, John Gaddis, Sr., her brother, Roy Duplessis and her daughter, Lori Parks.

Joan served and loved attending Highlands Church. For all who want to celebrate her life, join us on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Highlands Church 215 Oak Hill Rd. Paso Robles, Ca. 93446. In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to Young Life SLO County 954 Tarragon Ln. San Luis Obispo, Ca. 93401 or Samaritans Purse.

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