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January 16, 2021

Joan Lillian (Shier) Kirkham of Kincardine died peacefully at Huron Shores Hospice, Tiverton, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in her 79th year. Loving wife of Clarence Hehn and the late Stan Kirkham. Dear Mom of Tom Siegel and his wife, Tresa; Shawn Siegel and his wife, Nancy; Tessa Shier; Sandra Kirkham; and Shawn Kirkham and his wife, Anna. Proud Grandma of Courtney, Caleb, Catlin, Cassie, Stephanie, and Austin. Joan taught for 35 years, 33 of them in the Kincardine area. She was well-liked by her students and after retirement, she was always eager to lend a helping hand to children in need. She loved the time she spent with children she could assist, including those in the local Amish community. And she was a member of the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO), serving on the executive and winning the Cora Bailey Award for outstanding service to her branch. Joan had a love of flowers and enjoyed spending time growing, cultivating and watching the results of her work. She would invite people over to watch her Moon flowers bloom – at dusk, the flowers started to open up. She loved sharing this beauty with others. She and Clarence travelled to Alaska and all through the United States. Not only did Joan's loving care extend to people but she loved to feed the birds in the off-season and watch them come to her feeders. Simply put, to know Joan was to know love. A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date when family and friends from near and far can attend. Memorial donations to the Huron Shores Hospice or the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation would be appreciated by the family. To send sympathy gifts to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joan, visit the Huron Shores Cremation tribute store.