JOAN MARY CAMPBELL NEE PATIENCE
13 May 1916 – 17 February 2013
Joan was born on the 13 May
1916 in Romford, Essex, England, to Joseph and Lilian Patience.
She attended St. Mary’s School in Romford. When she was 14 her
father taught her to play golf and soon she was competing in club and county competitions.
Joan’s golfing accomplishments are many. A few are mentioned
In 1934, Joan won the Princess Elizabeth Cot Cup for the Southeastern Division of England. Princess Elizabeth, now our Queen, was the patron.
The Cot Cup was a benevolent tournament, which raised money to purchase cots for children’s hospitals. After this tournament Joan qualified for the County of Essex team, which would be similar to our Junior Provincial Team.
At the time she was the youngest member to qualify.
In 1939, Joan competed in the Belgium Open. She
advanced to the semi finals, where she was defeated by
the then current English International Champion. Two weeks later, war broke out and as Joan related later
‘there was not very much golf during the war years.’
During the war, Joan married Captain John Shaw
Campbell, a doctor in the British Army.
After the war Joan and John, with two sons, moved to
Doncaster, England, where she was Bessacar Golf Club Champion for three years. In 1951, the family immigrated to Canada. After a year and a half in Winnipeg with three sons the family moved to Penticton in 1953, where Joan was the Penticton Golf Club Champion for the next three years. In 1956, Joan and husband and four sons moved to Kelowna. A fifth son arrived in 1958. Joan won the Kelowna Golf and Country Club Championship 9 times and in 1973 she was the Ladies Club Captain.
In addition to winning club championships Joan, over a twenty year period from 1953 to 1972, won the B.C.
Interior Golf Championship 10 times in 13 attempts.
Joan was selected to the first ever B.C. Senior Women’s Golf Team which won the Canadian Championship in 1971 and a team member when it placed third in 1972. In 1973, she was again selected to the Team but a case of tennis
elbow prevented her from playing.
In recognition of her golfing achievements Joan was
inducted into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame
in 2011. Kris Jonasson of Golf B.C. put Joan’s
accomplishments best when he wrote , ‘Joan Campbell
has been a strong contributor to the sport of golf in British Columbia with her outstanding achievements and she has brought honour to the Central Okanagan. She has always been an excellent representative of the game and a role model for women’s golf in the province. Joan’s golf
accomplishments and high level of excellence are a credit
to her character.’ Her golfing accomplishments are also
recognized and on file at Golf House in Vancouver.
Joan was very involved in her community and with her church, Immaculate Conception. She was a proud member of the Catholic Women’s League, which she belonged to
for over 53 years and involved in the Mother Seton Prayer Circle.
She was a member and later president of the Kelowna
Volunteer Visiting Service, which gave comfort to the elderly and to shut ins. Joan suffered from Bronchiectasis and was a member for many years of the Kelowna Puffers Club.
However, Joan’s most notable achievement was that she was an outstanding mother to her five sons (John, Terry, Colin Christopher, and Neil) and her daughter in laws
(Myrna, Brenda, Sandi and Sheryle), a wonderful
grandmother to her seven grandchildren and loving great grandmother to her three great grand children. No matter how busy Mum’s life was, and indeed it was very busy,
her family always came first
Joan was predeceased by her husband Dr. John Shaw Campbell (1976), her brother Jim Patience (1986), her daughter in law Dr. Margaret Campbell (2009), her brother in law Harold Campbell (2003) and her sisters in law
Josephine Patience (2002) and Maud Anderson (2010).
Our family would like to give special thanks to her many life long friends, Dr. Bill Mackle and to the staff at Reids Corner at Sun Pointe Village who extended tremendous kindness and care to mum while she was a resident. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Lung Association would be
Visitation and prayers will be held at Hansons’ Arbor Funeral Chapel in Westbank from 7 pm to 8 pm on Friday, February 22. The funeral service will be held at Immaculate
Conception Church in Kelowna on Saturday, February 23,
at 11:00 a.m.