Joan Quinn - age 97, of New Minas, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019, in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in England, she was a daughter of the late Victor and Miriam (Johnson) Hitchin. Joan served her country performing war work during the Second World War. She and her two eldest children immigrated to Canada following her husband, John. Upon John’s retirement from the Royal Canadian Navy, Joan and their youngest son travelled with him to New Zealand for a year, Vancouver for another year before they returned to Halifax. She was employed as a salesperson with Eaton’s Department Store, in the Halifax Shopping Centre, from where she retired. Following retirement, Joan and John lived in England for eighteen months prior to returning again to Nova Scotia where they settled in Kentville. She is survived by daughter, Bernadette (Thomas) Cowl, Wolfville; son, Graham (Evelyn), Philippines; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John; son, Bruce; grandson, Andrew Cowl, five sisters and seven brothers. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by request. The funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2019 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The family would like to thank the doctor, nurses and staff at Blomidon Court – Greenwich as well as the doctors, nurses and staff at the Valley Regional Hospital for their care, kindness and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.