Obituary of Joanne McClenaghan
Joanne McClenaghan passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. She enjoyed visits from all of her family before she passed. Joanne was born in Regina to Stuart and Reva Laing and grew up in Bethune. She was the valedictorian for her graduating class at Lumsden High School and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
In 1972, Joanne married Ron McClenaghan. Their marriage was blessed with four sons as Ron’s career moved them from Wilkie, Saskatchewan to Altona, Manitoba to Calgary and finally to Yorkton where they put down roots. With the boys all in school, Joanne accepted the position of District Co-ordinator with the Canadian Red Cross. Her desire to do good and her ability to recruit and lead volunteers made it the perfect career. She retired in 2006, but continued to volunteer with the Red Cross. She developed a special interest in disaster response and participated in disaster relief missions in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Puerto Rico, New York, Calgary, Winnipeg, and more. Joanne also volunteered for 25 years with Parkland Victim Services. Joanne rarely said ‘No’ when asked to help.
Joanne was predeceased by her father, Stuart Laing, and brother-in-law, Jim McClenaghan. She is survived by her mother, Reva; husband, Ron; sons, Stuart of Regina, Jeff (Ashley) of Saskatoon, David (Andria) of Yorkton, and Gary (Pam) of Edmonton; grandchildren, Emileigh, Marshall, Brooks, and Rylee; brother, Bob (Brenda) Laing of Leader; sister-in-law, Holly McClenaghan of Regina; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins.
Friends so wishing may make donations, in memoriam, to the Canadian Red Cross, 2050 Cornwall Street, Regina, SK S4P 2K5 (www.redcross.ca/donate).