|Birth: ||Dec. 6, 1928|
|Death: ||May 28, 2013|
The Headlight Herald, Tillamook, OR
October 1, 2013
Joan Alee Learned Beckley
Joan Alee Learned Beckley (pronounced Joann) of Bend, passed away May 28, 2013 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. She was 84 years old.
Joan was born on a dairy farm in the Nestucca River Valley in Cloverdale to Alva and Margie (Walton) Learned on Dec. 6, 1928. She graduated from Nestucca High School, attended Oregon State University, and married Charles L. Beckley on June 21, 1948, before they moved to Bend in 1952. She remained a resident of Bend until her death.
Joan worked for the Bend School District for many years as an elementary school secretary. She was an awesome secretary and she loved the kids and they loved her. Over the years she was involved in many activities some of which included: volunteering for the Bend Filter Center during the Cold War (tracking unidentified aircraft), 4-H, Campfire Girls, First United Methodist Church, PTA, Beta Sigma Phi, Ladies of the Elks, Eagles and Moose. She was an amazing seamstress and cook. She loved flowers and gardening, knitting, walking, reading, crossword puzzles, watching football (especially the Beavers) and spending time with her family and friends. Those who knew her enjoyed her quick wit and her knowledge of the history of the Central Oregon community.
She is survived by her children, Marilee Beckley Carson (Ed) of Bend and Bill Beckley of Bend; grandchildren, Ashley Carson Cottingham (Carroll) of Portland, Cole Carson of LA and Andrew Beckley (Kafiat) of Vancouver, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Felana, and Aminah Beckley and Chester Cottingham; her sisters, Donna Hatfield (Jim) of Lincoln City and Dorothy Yates of Bend, and her many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Arden Learned and Glenn Learned, her sister, Mardaneen Learned and half-sister Gertrude Learned.
An inurnment will take place at the Nestucca Valley Cemetery between Cloverdale and Hebo on Saturday Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. Then a reception to celebrate Joan's life will take place at The Pelican Brewery from 2:30 to 5 p.m. All who knew Joan are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the
Leukemia Society, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 350, Portland, OR 97219.
Nestucca Valley Community Cemetery
Created by: Mary Taylor
Record added: Oct 02, 2013
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