Joan Carter

Obituary of Joan Elsie Carter

May 3, 1939 - Hanna, Alberta

October 18, 2023 - Calgary, Alberta


Joan Elsie Carter went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the age of 84 years. She spent her last six and a half years residing at Extendicare Cedars Villa where she faced her health challenges with dignity, courage, grace, and her witty humour.


Joan was born in Hanna, AB, to Cliff and Elsie Carter on May 3, 1939, but grew up in Torrington, AB. She spent most of her life in Regina and Calgary, after graduating from Calgary General Hospital (RN), Canadian Bible College (BRE), and Simon Fraser University (BA Psychology). She also spent nine years in Deerfoot, Illinois where she received an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, as well as teaching there. While at Trinity, she studied to receive her PhD in Philosophy from Marquette University in Wisconsin.


Joan returned to Regina in 1982 and taught Psychology/Counselling courses at Canadian Theological Seminary. She relocated to Calgary in 2003 when the school, later to become Ambrose University, moved here. She remained on the faculty at Ambrose until her retirement in 2004.


She travelled extensively around the world on behalf of the Christian and Missionary Alliance ministering to missionaries.


Joan was predeceased by her parents and her brother Lyall. She leaves behind her brother Ron (Diane) Carter, sister-in-law Marilyn Carter, her nephews Stephen (Heather), Mike (Leah), Ryan (Tracy); four great-nieces, and three great-nephews. Joan was a cherished friend to many, especially her dear friends of many, many years, Fern Doner, Margi Hollingshead, and Winn Rietema.


“Well done thou good and faithful servant.”


A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held at Foothills Alliance Church (333 Edgepark Boulevard N.W., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed from the church website at A private interment will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery.   


If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Place of Rescue,

or Hope and Healing (formerly The Christian Blind Mission) at


Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed with Joan’s family here.


In living memory of Joan Carter, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


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Celebration of Life

1:30 pm
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Foothills Alliance Church
333 Edgepark Boulevard N.W.
Calgary , Alberta, Canada
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