December 16, 1957-Feburary 27, 2014
“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
Joan went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the night of February 27, 2014. She passed away peacefully due to complications associated with ovarian cancer.
She was born in Seattle and was an only child - the apple of her parents’ eyes. While in high school, Joan witnessed the skillful care her grandmother received while in the hospital and soon after discovered her own calling to the nursing field. She went on to graduate with a B.S. in Nursing from Washington State University, cum laude, in 1980.
During her time at WSU, Joan was a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Honorary Nursing Society. Upon graduation, she started her career as a Registered Nurse at Harborview Medical Center’s burn unit in Seattle. Joan cultivated a reputation as an accomplished and compassionate nurse. She then moved to Grays Harbor County and worked for a number of health care providers, including Harbors Home Health and Hospice, where she served as Hospice Director.
Joan was happiest and most professionally fulfilled while working as a school nurse for the Aberdeen School District; it is there that she found her true calling. She cherished the time working with students, families, and coworkers over the past 12 years. Joan touched many lives and she had a gift for connecting with people. She loved what she did and those she worked with and was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from these friends and coworkers.
In 1981, she married her one true love, Guy Easter, and together they built a beautiful life. She was devoted to her husband and children, Gavin and April, and put their interests before her own. She was their champion, confidant, and role model.
Joan was a talented guitar player, pianist and had an avid interest in reading, genealogy, Facebook, and Jazzercise. She enjoyed the time she spent with others; her laugh and smile were contagious and heartwarming. Joan had a gift for lifting the spirits of others. She made each person she talked with feel better because she was such a good listener.
Joan was a member of the Montesano Assembly of God Church, where she taught Sunday School and was involved in other church ministries.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Charles P. Williams and Louise D. Williams; her sister and brother-in-law, April and Clyde Cassell.
Joan is survived by her husband, Guy; son, Gavin; daughter, April; stepmother, Janyce Williams; parents-in-law, Fred and Jennie Easter; sisters and brothers-in-law, Paul and Karen Easter, Carl and Rhonda Easter, Lisa and Frank Winiecki; as well as aunts, nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends.
Her selfless and caring nature will be remembered by all who knew her and memories of her incredible character resonate within those close to her. She will continue to live on in our hearts forever. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Aberdeen High School Auditorium/Commons located at 410 North G St., Aberdeen. Remembrances may be made to the Grays Harbor Relay For Life.