Joan Helen Holyoake

31 Aug 1926 - 26 Sep 2020

Joan Helen Holyoake

31 Aug 1926 - 26 Sep 2020

Peacefully at Chalmers Rest Home on Saturday 26 September 2020.  Aged 94 years.  Dearly loved wife of the late Don for 68 years.  Loved and respected mother and mother-in-law of Janet (deceased), Ken and Janene, Ian and JL,  Alison Sutton, Murray and Roslyn.  Cherished Gran of Catherine and Ken, Bryan and Kathryn; Joshua, Cinnamon; Shane and Melissa, Amy and Brandon;  Christopher and Anna, Logan and Carmen, Mitchell, Victoria, Zoe; and her great grandchildren Nikita, Rimu, Arthur, Florence; Arabella, Asha-Lily, Jake;  Greer and Sasha

Messages for the Holyoake family may be left on Joan’s tribute page at

Family and friends are invited to a service to celebrate Joan’s life at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Thursday 1st October 2020 at 10.30am, those who are unable to attend are welcome to viewing her service via her tribute page.  A private cremation will be held.


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On behalf off staff and volunteers who knew Joan and myself, I wish to convey our condolences to the Holyoake family. Joan was a delightful, gracoius member off our " club " family.Rest in peace dear Joan. Anne Fletcher Alzheimers Taranaki.

Anne Fletcher ( 22 Oct 2020 )

Our deeepest sympathy to Joan's Family. Joan did so much for her community as a member of Inner Wheel. She will be missed

New Plymouth North Inner Wheel ( 15 Oct 2020 )

On behalf off staff and Volunteers who knew Joan and myself, I wish to convey our condolescences to the Holyoake family.Joan was a delightful, gracious member of our "club " family. May she rest in peace.
Anne Fletcher, Alzheimers Taranaki.

Anne Fletcher ( 07 Oct 2020 )

Dear Ken and the Holyoake family
Sorry we were unable to be with you on Thursday.
We were sad to hear of Joan’s passing. However she lived a good long life and it was nice that you were able to bring her back to visit Alton and the Church recently. I have many fond memories of your family’s time in Alton.
Kind Regards Harvey

Harvey Gibbs ( 02 Oct 2020 )

We are thinking of you all at this sad time. We have fond memories of holidays in Taranaki, Joan and Don's hospitality at the farm in Alton and family gatherings at Glen Almond St.
Love to you all Gwynneth, Michael, Joanna, Alistair and families

Scott Family ( 01 Oct 2020 )

With loving thoughts and warmest memories of the dearest sister and most wonderful aunt. Wrapping you all in aroha Aunty Mary and the Hamer family

Helen Bowen ( 01 Oct 2020 )

Dear Alison, Murray and Ros and families, so sorry to hear that your much loved Mum has passed away, a loved friend of many. Will be thinking of you as you farewell Joan.
Wendy and Ralph Broad.

Wendy and Ralph Broad ( 01 Oct 2020 )


Nancy Handley ( 30 Sep 2020 )

Dear Murray and Ros, Chris, Logan, Mitchell, Victoria and Zoe, partners and grandchildren. I was so saddened to read of your beloved Mum's passing and I extend my deepest sympathy to you all. Joan was an elegant, lovely woman who was blessed with a wonderful family. My love and thoughts. Margi Arthur

Margaret Arthur ( 30 Sep 2020 )

To Ros,Murray & family - thinking of you all tomorrow and wishing you happy memories as you farewell your gentle
sweet mother, mother in law, grandmother & great grandmother. Sleep peacefully
Joan, sweet dreams! xx Linda & Brem

Linda & Brem Ellingham ( 30 Sep 2020 )

Dear Ros, Murray and family,
i have just read of Joan's passing. My thoughts are with you all - Joan was "special", loved by everyone and will be sadly missed.
Love Raewin 💕

Raewin MacKenzie ( 29 Sep 2020 )