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Jo-Ann Debenham

August 17, 1950 - February 8, 2016


Born Thursday August 17, 1950, Jo-Ann passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family on Monday February 8, 2016.

Jo-Ann was predeceased by her parents; Dr. Frank Dorsey in 2008 and Freda Dorsey in 2009.

Jo-Ann will be lovingly missed by her husband George, Daughter Leslie (Dan) Cormier, Son George Debenham Jr., Brothers Jim (Sandi) Dorsey, Ric (Sharon) Dorsey, Ron (Shirley) Dorsey, Nieces Sherry (Dave) Schaefer, Elaina (Rick) Dorsey & Sara Dorsey, and Nephews Phil Harms, Richard (Donna) Dorsey, Dan (Cheryl) Dorsey, Mark Dorsey & Chris (Cat) Dorsey as well as numerous in-laws and extended family.

Jo-Ann has many adored friends she leaves behind in Edmonton AB, where she grew up, went to school and worked, Beaumont AB, where she lived for more than 30 years and Oliver, BC where she retired to in 2008. She leaves behind many cherished co-workers and friends from Canadian Blood Services in Edmonton where she worked for the last 10 years of her Nursing career.

Jo-Ann was sadly recently predeceased by her very good friend of more than thirty five years; Janice Roberge in April of 2015. Jo-Ann and Janice were both told of their illnesses within months of each other. They communicated daily, bravely supporting each other throughout their final journeys.

A graveside service was held on Saturday February 13, 2016 at the Okanagan Falls Cemetery followed by a light lunch at the Cherry Grove Estates Clubhouse.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Neil and Jean Pady
Relation: Sister-in-law

Dear George:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Please accept our deepest condolences.
Neil and Jean

From: Steve, Brigette and the Pady family
Relation: Nephew

Dear George, very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts.

From: Kerry and Brian Bartake
Relation: Friends

When I was a single parent, I remember Jo-Ann giving me a large bag of assorted meat for the freezer.This was not unusual for Jo-Ann! Over the years, we were touched by her endless good humour, generosity and positive attitude. Please accept the sincere condolences of ourselves and our family. Jo-Ann will be greatly missed but always remembered. Love, Kerry and Brian

From: Paula Hart
Relation: Friends

George, Leslie and George Jr.:

My family and I were very saddened to hear of Jo-Ann’s passing. She will be remembered fondly for the generosity she provided to our family over the years as well as her enduring friendship with my mother, Janice Roberge (especially during the last year of my mother’s life). May Jo-Ann rest in peace and her star always shine bright in the night sky.

Love Paula, Bobby & Brennan Hart

From: Harold Niebergall
Relation: friend

My sincere condolences to you, George and your family. I have so many memories of Jo-ann and Grace together. My last visit with Jo-ann was very enjoyable, I will miss her.


Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 13, 2016
Beginning at 11:00am

Okanagan Falls Cemetery

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