Joan Shirley Terris
1929 - 2019
Joan Shirley Terris
Visitation Information
Dec 9, 2019
Visitation Time
6 ~ 8 pm
Visitation Location
Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street Truro.
Service Information
Service Date
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Service Time
2 pm
Service Location
St. David’s United Church in Bible Hill.
Burial Information
Burial Date
Spring Interment
Burial Location
Bible Hill Cemetery.
Requested Charity
Bible Hill Cemetery or to a charity of your choice.
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Terris, Joan Shirley (Corbett), "August 2, 1929 - December 3, 2019". Born in Bible Hill, Joan was the daughter of the late James Isaac and Mary Amelia "Minnie" (O`Hanley) Corbett. From an early age she had a zest for living that was apparent to anyone who knew her. She loved a good joke and a laugh which more than once got her into trouble. This was usually with her best friend Chrissy Richards. Our Mom met our Dad and on the first date said she was going to marry that man. Never one to waste time she proceeded to do just that in 1946 at the age of 17. She filled her home with happiness, kids and lots of laughter. Even though there were times of hardship and illness she carried on shielding us from most of the worries of day to day life. She was and remained a tower of strength until the end. Her greatest treasure was her family. Mom`s mother Minnie was a founding member of St. David’s United Church. Mom also was passionate about her church and went through the process each Sunday of getting 5 kids ready for church complete with hats and bonnets. She was Sunday School Superintendent for years, involved also in CGIT, Explorers, UCW, Quilting Group and many other church related activities. Somehow, she also managed to work at the Credit Bureau, Agricultural College and Post Office which she retired from in 1987. Her hands were always busy. She was gifted with sewing, quilting and any number of handicrafts which often benefited others. Her love surrounded all of us and we are so humbled and privileged to have had her as our mother. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Theodore (Bub/Terry) Terris in 1999, and her granddaughter, Christa Elaine Yuill-Fletcher in 2017. She is survived by her five children, Linda Yuill, Sandy MacKinnon (Dave), Brenda Bullerwell (Scott), Velva Terris, and Terry Terris (Kelly); nine grandchildren, Kevin, Paul, Scott, Patti, Sarah, Adam, James, Jeremy and Nicholas, ten great-grandchildren , sister Joyce Stewart (Ruthven) and many nieces and nephews. We would like to say a sincere thank you to the staff of the Elk Shannex Facility for providing excellent care. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street Truro, from where visitation will be held on Monday evening, December 9, from 6 – 8 pm. Funeral service 2pm Tuesday, December 10, at St. David’s United Church in Bible Hill, Rev. David Hart officiating. Reception to follow in the church hall. Interment to be held at a later date in the Bible Hill Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Bible Hill Cemetery or to a charity of your choice. Private messages of condolence can be sent to the family by viewing Joan’s obituary and selecting "Send A Condolence" at:


Joan Shirley Terris