M. Joan Heywood \nHorseheads, NY \n\nPassed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at the age of 85. Joan was born in Rosetown Saskatchewan, Canada on April 29, 1937 the daughter of the late Murray Johnston and Esther Dickson. She is predeceased by sisters, Mary Ballantyne and Gwen Cameron. Joan is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Geoffrey Heywood; son, Matthew, daughter-in-law Valerie, grandchildren, Noah, Evan and Eli; sister, Edna England; nieces and nephews, Susan Davis, Vicki Scobie, and Douglas England; Teri Murphy and Murray Cameron; Janet Taylor, Ken and Wendy Ballantyne and longtime friends, Rosalie Ruth, Rev. LoisAnn Furgess-Oler and Natalia Kitt. Joan graduated from Edmonton University as a Registered Nurse and loved working in the Emergency Rooms in Bermuda and Cleveland. Later, in Mahopac, NY she became an elementary school nurse to be able to have the same schedule as Matthew. When she retired, Joan moved to Horseheads to be near Matthew and his family. Joan was an avid skier, traveler, reader, and a regular at the Corning YMCA. She was a volunteer at the Food Bank for years. Joan enjoyed feeding the birds and watching the wildlife in her backyard. Joan had an exceptionally positive attitude toward life and people. She radiated warmth and joy. With Joan the words for everyday were, “it’s a beautiful day”. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St., at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 4 - 6 PM. Joan's Celebration of Life will be held immediately following with Rev. LoisAnn Furgess-Oler. Those wishing to remember Joan please consider donations in her memory to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Ave, Elmira, NY or Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at Joan’s Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com.