Joan <I>Sawyer</I> Bloyd

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Joan Sawyer Bloyd

  • Birth 8 Oct 1913 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Death 2 Jan 2007 Fort Bragg, Mendocino County, California, USA
  • Burial Mendocino County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 17749634

Born to Alma and Edmund Sawyer, Joan, age 93, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Joan spent her early years in Navarro where her father was the doctor for the lumber mill. The family moved to Oregon and then Southern California but there was always the return every summer to Anderson Valley with her brothers Tom and Tad and her sister Harriett where Joan's mother ran a summer camp, Indian Look-out Camp, for forty years.

Joan was a concert pianist. She attended UCLA and earned a degree in philosophy, psychology and, a teaching credential. She taught Kindergarten for many years in Fort Bragg before she retired and spent all of her time at home with her beloved husband Loren in Anderson Valley. She was very active in Anderson Valley heading the committee that wrote the general plan for the Valley. She played the piano for the Philo Methodist Church, was a member of the Unity Club where she headed and directed the Unity Club's building of the Gentle Giants Trail, the handicapped trail in Hendy Woods. The trail was named by her son-in-law Ken Hurst. She wrote many memorable interviews and obituaries for the local newspapers. Her novel, The Five O-Clock Cake, set in the Anderson Valley, was published in 2003.

Joan was both elegant and kind. She was courageous and persistent. She had a unique view of the world and an intelligent sense of humor that would always make us laugh. She loved the trees and all the wonderful little creatures of the woods.

Joan is survived by her daughters Joanadel Hurst and Georgianna Lacher and her son-in-law Ken Hurst. Besides her daughters, she is survived by step-sons Richard, Larry and Loren Bloyd, also grandchildren Story, Sean, Nadine, Aimee, Daisy, Joni, Jonathan, step-grandsons Ricky, Ronnie, Randy and many great-grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her husband Loren.

Visitation at Eversole Mortuary. Funeral services at the Philo Methodist Church. Interment in Studebaker Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Hospice, Anderson Valley Ambulance or the Philo Methodist Church are preferred.

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  • Created by: Row Walker
  • Added: 29 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17749634
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joan Sawyer Bloyd (8 Oct 1913–2 Jan 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17749634, citing Shields-Studebaker Cemetery, Mendocino County, California, USA ; Maintained by Row Walker (contributor 46489843) .