Joan Parker was born Joan Birks in Croydon, Surrey, England in 1918. At the age of eleven she emigrated to Canada with her parents, two younger brothers Robbie and John, and a younger siste Margie.
Living inAthabasca in Northern Alberta during the height of the Great Depression was a life of struggle in an attempt to farm by a father who was a scholar not a farmer. The family became destitute and the ultimate result was the tragic and untimely death of the mother. The family were then scattered to the four winds. The two younger children went to live with the Archdeacon Little and his wife.
Being forced to quit school in grade 11, Joan moved to Calgary at the beginning of the war to find work. Ten years later she met and married Ben Parker and had three sons - Allan, Kenneth, and Donald. They were quite young when they lost their father at age 43 and with no insurance she had to find work.
At the age of seventy she retired and moved to White Rock, South Surrey BC where she continued with her hobby of painting and becoming the president of the White Rock and South Surrey Art Society. She lives in White Rock with her pet boxer, "Willow" surrounded by her garden designed and planted by her own hand enjoying her great neighbours and many friends. Two sons, Allan and Ken now live closeby, the youngest one, Donald lives in Brandon in the family home.