We need 25 team members for us to get our purple shirts (Joan's favorite color) so register ASAP so we can lock in the color before it gets taken like last year!!!!
Those that knew Joan remember her for her infectious smile, her screaming at the hockey games, and her love for Lake Havasu and books (most often at the same time!).
Joan was a strong independent woman and made sure you knew it. She worked hard for many years and was enjoying her retirement by reading countless books (and keeping an insane book list), spending all her summers in Lake Havasu, and attending all the local hockey games. She was known for throwing the best hockey parties. The best one was when the cake went flying (I am sure many of you are chuckling as you're reading this right now).
Joan was diagnosed with melanoma in 2008 and had a mole removed from her back. She went for regular checkups and in October 2010 another melanoma was discovered on her forehead. By November we learned it had spread to many other organs and was stage 4. By December she was starting chemo and radiation. Her body did not respond well to the harsh poisons and she felt very sick most of the time. By April it was decided that Joan would go on hospice and spend what time she had left with family and friends. She passed away just after Mother's Day.
Joan was married to Ken for 28 years and had two children: Jodi and Scott.
This year Joan's first grandchild was born and Logan James will be participating in his first 5K for the grandmother he never got to meet. However, we all know that Joan hand-picked the most perfect, precious little boy for her daughter.