Newell, Joan Phyllis May of Elgin Manor, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, July 14th, 2012, at her late residence, in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Wilbur Ernest “Bill” Newell (2006) and loved mother of Wayne and his wife Penny Newell of St. Thomas, Greg and his wife Linda Newell of London, Gary and his wife Liz Newell of Calgary, the late Mark Newell (2012), his wife Carol of Guelph and the late Rita Newell (1944). Dearly loved grandmother (“Nana”) of Todd (Ryan), Amanda, Courtney (Jeremy), Summer (Marc), Amber (Mark), Sarah (Jamie) and Meghan and great grandmother of Connor, Hannah, Clarke, Wilson, Ewan, Callum, Greyson and Miller. Lovingly remembered by her sister-in-law , Jeana Bowlby of B.C. Dear aunt of Carol Jay (Lorne) and Jay Bowlby (Christine). Joan was born on December 29th, 1923 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, the daughter of the late John and Dorothy Hammond. Joan enjoyed family functions, travelling and the outdoors. She was a longtime member of First United Church.

A private family service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Saturday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. No public visitation. Remembrances may be made to the Elgin Manor Recreation Fund.

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