It is with sadness we announce the passing of Joan Marilyn Allen-Peters, age 90, of Kentville, NS formerly of Amherst, NS. Joan passed away at the Evergreen Home in Kentville, NS on Tuesday, December 13, 2022.
Born in Amherst, NS, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Patterson and Dora (Jones) Allen.
Joan attended Amherst Regional High School then Acadia University where she graduated in 1953 with a B.Sc with honors. After receiving a Masters degree in science from Penn State in 1955 she worked as a nutritionist at University of Delaware, was an instructor of home economics at the University of Hawaii and served as a home economics advisor for Iroquois Gas in Buffalo, NY before eventually settling in Durham, New Hampshire where she worked as a professor of home economics at UNH. During this time Joan was involved as an editor and host of several television programs at WENH in Durham where she received many accolades and awards for her service and programs in TV. In 1967-8 Joan took time out to work at Queen Elizabeth College in London, UK before returning to UNH.
In 1970 Joan took a job with the United Nations Development Program and worked at an agricultural college in the Philippines until 1972 when she returned to New Hampshire.
In 1979 Joan worked for the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute and was stationed in Kingston, Jamaica where she was nutrition educator and coordinator for much of the West Indies until 1982 when she returned to Nova Scotia briefly before taking an education post at Bath College of Higher Education, Bath, UK in 1983. During this time she travelled extensively and lived in Geneva, Switzerland and Sri Lanka for a spell.
In 1987 Joan returned to Nova Scotia once again and became a professor of Home Economics at Acadia University, her Alma Mater, until her retirement and she remained active in the Wolfville community.
In her later years, Joan lived at Wickwire Place then finally in assisted living at Evergreen Home in Kentville, Nova Scotia.
She is survived by son Karl Peters, brother Deane Allen, sister-in-law, Nancy Allen, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her mother Dora, father Kenneth and brother David Allen.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of Jones Family Funeral Centre, 70 Church Street, Amherst, NS, (902 667 8777). A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 12th, 2023 at 2pm at the First Baptist Church. Livestream will be available through the church website at Funeral Service for Joan Allen Peters - YouTube.
Donations in memory of Joan may be made to a charity of your choice.
Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting online memorial at www.jonesfamilyfuneralcentre.ca or through the Jones Family Funeral Centre Facebook Page.
Original obituary from Jones Family Funeral Centre.
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