Ex-Burnley nurse dies in Canada

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A former Burnley nurse who trained with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps has died in British Columbia.

Joan Moser, nee Barker, lived in Florence Street, Burnley and was the only child of the late Frances and Joe Barker.

Her sense of adventure and nursing abilities led her to signing up to join the elite army nursing corps in 1957 taking her to destinations across the world including serving in British military hospitals in Singapore and Hong Kong while qualifying as a State Registered Nurse.

Joan, who died in Canada after a short illness aged 80, was a pupil at St John’s, Ivy Bank and always kept in touch with her former teacher the late Sister Mary Philomena.

Her three children Neil, Kathleen and Colleen are planning to bring her ashes back for burial in the family plot at Burnley Cemetery. Her son Neil said: “My mum had many friends in Canada but her heart was always in England with Burnley.”

Joan left the QAs as a qualified SRN nurse and took up an opportunity for nursing in Canada where she married Canadian wheat farmer Herb Moser.

She always looked forward to visiting her family and friends in Burnley and returned to work here with her children for a short time in the 1970s.

Before finally settling in Canada, Joan would go on to serve ten years in Saudi Arabia as a nurse.

Joan’s travels also took her to Cuba, Mexico, Africa and Malaysia.

Joan is survived by her three children and four grandchildren, Alex, Charlie, Nicholas and Jemma.