Joan Francis Ward, age 82, passed away April 19, 2019 at the Oak River Rehabilitation Center in Anderson, California.

Joan was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Oakland, California. Joan graduated from San Francisco State University and later worked for UCSF and the B’Nai Brith Youth Organization in San Mateo. She raised her three children in Pacifica, California.

In 1989, Joan moved to Mount Shasta, California. She lived at George Manor Senior Living and was an active member at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church – the loving church community sustained her. Joan found great joy working as a volunteer “Grandma” at Mount Shasta Elementary School.

Joan was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Buchanan in 2018. She is survived by her son, Jim Ward (Miyuki) and daughter, Carol Stewart (Mike) both of Davis, California; as well as her brother, John Morris and sister, Anne Seim and their families.

A mass to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at the St. Barnabas Church, Mount Shasta, California.