JONI MAY KWAN was the first child born to Wayne and Elsie Kwan. She went to school through grade 12 in Lethbridge and maintained many good friends from her school days throughout her life.
In the early 80’s, she went to college in Calgary to learn to be a travel consultant and returned to Lethbridge to begin her career at All World Travel. She was one of those very lucky few that truly loved her chosen profession. She loved to travel, loved her clients and loved the people she worked with. She spent more than thirty years sending people to every corner of the world.
In 1989, she married her husband Jack Houtekamer and soon after, started their little family. We always felt it was the most magical time in our lives. Joni loved her children dearly and was fiercely proud of them. She endured a difficult time as she neared the end but maintained a clean, glad happiness and because of her strength and courage, we were able to continue to enjoy many happy occasions and visits until the end.
Left to mourn her passing are her husband, Jack Houtekamer, daughter Sara Houtekamer (Gerrit) and son Adam Houtekamer (Kate), sister Lorraine (Kayton) Chow and her children, Stephanie, and Chris. She is also survived by her uncle Jimmy Lee and stepmothers Sherrie Kwan and Maria Kwan, as well as numerous cousins across Alberta and British Columbia.
Joni was predeceased by her brother Archie Kwan, who she dearly loved and cared for.
We want to express our most sincere gratitude to the staff at Legacy Lodge. Joni loved them like family and they treated her the same. It was a great comfort to us all, knowing she was so well cared for. Further, we want to show our gratitude to the ALS Society of Alberta. They were a tremendous support to Joni and to all of us.
Following Joni’s wishes and due to current COVID-19 regulations, no funeral service will be held.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Kwan Joni May May 04 1958..
Death notice for the town of: Lethbridge, Province: Alberta