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HAUGE, Joanne Gale

February 22, 1942 — March 12, 2022

Joanne Hauge went home peacefully to be with Jesus on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at 6:05 am. She is survived by her husband Penard “Pen” Hauge who was by her side, at home, when she took her last breath here on earth. Joanne had a full and wonderful life and leaves behind not only Pen, her husband of 58 years, but also three children: Stephen, Matthew (Carolyn) and Mary-Jane (Kevin); nine grandchildren: Amy-Leigh (Peter), Alexis (Robert), Jacob (Camille), Rachael (Bradley), Anneliese (Manuel), Cassidy (Michael), Chrisen, Victoria (Riley), and Capri; and nine great-grandchildren: Bryden, Ryan, Kallen, Owen, Lincoln, Ace, Rosie, Isaiah and Malachi. A testimony to a beautiful and rich family legacy.

In her last few days, she spoke with eager anticipation about heaven and was excited to see again her grandson Caleb, who went home to be with Jesus 21 years ago.

Joanne, our mom, lived a life of kindness, acceptance, and generosity. She will be remembered and missed most by her family who, because of her love for Jesus, made each one feel special, valued and of great worth. She was the “glue” that held us all together, planning family events/dinners for every birthday, holiday, and special occasion.

Mom was born in Peterborough, Ontario, on February 22, 1942, to parents Herbert and Mary Pullyblank (both deceased). She is survived by her brothers Harold (Keri) and David (Monique).

Mom had a happy childhood and loved exploring the lakes around her home, collecting turtles!  After high school, knowing as a young girl the Lord had called her to missions, she went to bible school in Regina, SK, where on the very first day of school she met Penard! Their courtship was blessed! They were married in Cobourg, Ontario in December 1963, and moved to Burnaby, BC.  During their first summer together as a married couple, they travelled by boat up and down the West Coast sharing the gospel of Jesus to remote villages, most only accessible by boat at that time.

In 1965, they settled down and started a family. Stephen was born in 1965, Matthew in 1967, and Mary-Jane in 1968. They moved from Mission, BC to Victoria, BC in 1979 where Mom continued to serve and travel with Woman’s Aglow as the International VP of Affiliations.  She travelled across Canada and internationally leading worship at their conferences along with her logistical work.

In 1986, Mom and Dad sold their home, put their belongings in storage, and joined YWAM International where they travelled the globe, again, bringing the practical gospel of Jesus to the most needy. This lasted for 10 years before returning to Victoria to take an active and loving role in the lives of their grandchildren

Mom was unconditionally kind and accepting, a quality she has passed down to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In the Philippines she worked hands on with one of her favourite ministries, “Precious Jewels Ministry”, caring for aids infected babies and their mothers. In Victoria, she volunteered her time serving in many capacities and in many ministries.  One of which was PEERS, a ministry to street workers, where Mom would spend a day a week listening, loving, and teaching them to knit as they embarked on their journey to a better more whole life. In addition, Mom was a successful and energetic businesswoman, founding and running a beautiful destination wedding business called “Royal Victorian Weddings” for 10 years.

In 2018, Mom and Dad moved to Kelowna, BC to spend more time with Matthew and his family. One of Mom’s biggest highlights of her time here in Kelowna was the celebration of her 80th birthday on February 22nd of this year!  It was a wonderful celebration of her life with her granddaughters from Victoria and Kelowna sharing beautiful, humorous, and personal stories of the love she has surrounded them with over the years.

It was here in Kelowna, in 2020 that cancer was discovered in Mom’s body.  In May 2021, we were excited and optimistic that Mom’s cancer was gone, but in December scans revealed that it had returned.  Though not the way we were hoping, ultimately our prayers for healing for her were answered. With Dad by her side, she went home to be with Jesus on March 12, 2022.

Dad, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will remember her as Joanne, Jo, Mom, and Gramma Jo; a remarkable example of what it means to “love” those around you. Her joy was steady, her faith resolute, and she faced life, with all of its challenges, with an optimistic outlook and adventurous spirit. There was no pretense with Mom, what you saw was what you got, kindness, acceptance, and practical love. Mom ALWAYS showed up to every event looking her stunning best, her clothes and scarves matching in vibrant, colourful jewel tones.  She always arrived holding a delicious treat – an armful of Christmas baking, a beautifully decorated homemade birthday cake, or waffles with all the fixings for brunch!  She never looked for thanks and was always the first one serving and cleaning up. She was special, her love was practical and unconditional, and she paid attention to the details… the small things that made her family feel loved. We will miss her every day.

There is no formal Memorial Service yet planned for Mom (stay tuned!), and in lieu of flowers and gifts to our family, we ask for a donation made “In memory of Joanne Hauge” to Precious Jewels Ministry.

We love you Mom.

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  • Jocelyn and Eruera says:

    What a beautiful, amazing life Joanne lived. Always thankful to her for making room at her table for me and being a mum when mine was so far away. She was gracious, kind, funny and so wonderful to be around. So happy to think she has been reunited with Caleb and we will see her again one day soon. So much love to the family…. Pen, Matt, Stephen , MJ and kids, grand babies and great grand babies ❤️ Thinking of and praying for you all from New Zealand .

  • Tom and Debra Mauro says:

    Dear Matt and Carolyn,
    There are no words to share our sadness in learning of your mom’s passing. We have known her through your sharing Matt. We know the profound impact your mom had on you, your family and all of the people fortunate enough to have known her. We Pray that God holds your broken hearts gently in His hands.
    Sending hugs, Tom and Debra

  • Joanne & Dave Hatherly says:

    What a beautiful tribute – you capture her so beautifully. We missed her when she and Pen moved from our street to Colwood, and then we missed her all over again when they moved to Kelowna, and now she’s gone off further afield. Oh Jo, you are an amazing woman, your legacy is love, kindness and comedic talent (yes, you made us laugh so many times). You leave a huge gap, and for this, we offer Pen and the whole family our condolences. Go with God.

  • Steve and Tina Strombeck says:

    We were so sorry to hear about Joanne.
    Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  • Margaret Mercer says:

    Remembering Joanne & Pen’s kindness in Hawaii when I got back from outreach exhausted and Joanne greeted me, made me tea in a China cup and loaned me their car to dash around finishing mt time there before coming home. That kindness has never been forgotten. Look forward to seeing you again someday beautiful lady.

  • Tim Pullyblank says:

    I’ll forever remember Aunty Joanne smiling as she did so often. She was always just so nice to everyone and eminanted warmth to all around her. She will be forever missed, but happy to know she’s in heaven with Michelle and many others in our family. My sincere condolences to all the rest of family as she’ll be forever missed here on earth.

  • Melanie Lech says:

    Joanne will ever be missed this side of heaven. Certainly by her family most profoundly but also by the many lives she touched. So much to reflect on in a friendship spanning well over forty years. Times of sharing laughter and tears. Jo was a bold witness for Jesus. I remember her picking up a young girl who was hitch hiking on her way up island. Joanne had a captive audience that she used to share Jesus love and
    encourage this young woman for the duration
    of the ride. Jo always had a flare about her and was ever willing to roll up her sleeves to help anyone.
    Until we meet again in glory Jo.

  • Kevin and Gail Pickell says:

    Loved Joanne’s spirit. So kind and accepting. While living down on Baker St. We got to know each other a bit more. We will remember camp days especially the good morning wake up call from Penn. She definitely was the glue for the family. Hugs to all. Kevin and Gail Pickell

  • Shannon and Don Youell says:

    Joanne was ever the woman to look up to for those of us younger – as a follower of Christ, as a Mom, as a servant to others and in so many other ways. Her generous and kind spirit was abundantly given to whomever she was around. Our deepest condolences to the family who will be waiting to see her again someday.

  • eva stephens says:

    I met Joanne when i was 20 years old. Joanne and Pen invited me to live with them after I returned from spending a year with YWAM. I really didn’t have much and was looking for a job and some direction for my life. I am very grateful to Joanne for giving me tender advice and a shoulder to cry on during this tumultuous time in my life.
    I have since moved to Manitoba and am now in my 60’s with a family of my own. Joanne and Pen have kept in touch with me all these years. I have such fond memories visiting with them in Victoria, she (and Pen) always had their arms open wide with kind love and fellowship. I am grateful to the Lord for bring both Joanne and Pen into my life and sharing their love for God with me.

  • Stephanie Roop says:

    We are from Nova Scotia / Newfoundland, and were married in Victoria 20 years ago. Joanne organized everything through her business, Royal Victorian Weddings. We returned to Victoria this week to revisit many locations she brought us to. When we looked her up, we were very saddened to learn of her passing. . Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family and friends. It sounds like she was exceptional woman! Our deepest condolences, Stephanie and Stephen Roop

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