It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our wife, mother and grandmother, JoAnn Loreen Hadley, aged 63, Antigonish. JoAnn passed away quietly and peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family on March 17, 2021 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish.
Born June 24, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Margaret (MacLean) and Murdock "Michael D." MacNeil.
Raised in Iona, she was very proud of her Cape Breton roots. A graduate of St. Rita School of Nursing, JoAnn was kind, hardworking, loyal, and lived her life in the service and care of others. She enjoyed a 35 year career as a registered nurse in many departments at Baddeck Hospital, Baddeck and St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Later JoAnn very happily completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University, working evenings and weekends to complete her degree. JoAnn’s care and concern for others was felt by all who knew her, especially her children.
She possessed a great love for physical activity, be it community dance classes, a workout in her home gym, or her daily lunchtime walks around town with her husband. She took great pleasure in spending time with her family and friends, and was a devoted grandmother to Burke and Ellis. We will miss her dearly.
JoAnn is survived by her husband of 41 years, Roderick, adoring children, Gregory (Jenna) and Lyle Hadley; grandchildren, Burke and Ellis Hadley; five siblings: Jerry (Judy) MacNeil, Little Narrows; Catherine (late Lawrence) Redden, Iona; Anita MacNeil (Fran Clemens), Iona; Michael D. (Sharon) MacNeil, Iona, and Larry (Brenda) MacNeil, Little Narrows.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by in-laws, Roderick and Elsie (Lyle) Hadley, Mulgrave and niece Britney Nicole MacNeil, Calgary, Alta.
JoAnn’s family wishes to thank all those who extended such kindness to her. Special thanks to Dr. Philip Cooper, Dr. Mary Gorman, Sister Catherine MacGillivray, Heather Brander, R.N., St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Palliative Care and the Antigonish Victoria Order of Nurses.
By family request, there will be no visitation. A graveside committal service will be held in Iona at a later date.
Donations may be considered in JoAnn’s memory to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.