Joan Gray Gleadle beat breast cancer, but could not win her hard fought battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her body and mind were finally at peace on August 10, 2017. Joan was born November 12, 1941 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England to Bertie Richard and Oliver Muriel Gray. Joan married John Robert Gleadle in 1961 and had a son, Ian David in 1961, followed by daughter, Christine Heidi in 1965.
Joan and John moved their young family to America in 1967 where John began his 39-year career at Boeing. Joan was a Secretary/Receptionist for Greyhound Lines in Seattle for many years and then later retired from Boeing in Everett. They made their home and raised their family in Woodinville, Wash. for 35 years. Joan was best known as the local Avon Lady. She loved her customers and earned many sales awards in her 25 years with Avon. She also loved working in her garden, teaching Lifetime Fitness, volunteering at Evergreen Health Hospice, and driving events with the Jaguar Drivers and Restorers Club of NW America.
In 2003, Joan and John moved to Camano Island where they enjoyed their garden and views of the water and the Olympic Mountains. They loved to go to garage sales, to the Camano Garden Club meetings, and to Jaguar car club events. Joan started up her Avon business on Camano, began volunteering at the Stanwood Senior Center, and became active in the Stanwood-Camano Island’s Relay for Life fundraisers. They took their little dog Katie with them everywhere they went. They hosted many happy family picnics with their children and grandchildren on Camano.
Joan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005. John retired in 2006 to care for her, but sadly passed away in 2010 after nearly 49 years of marriage. Joan moved to Merrill Gardens for assisted living and eventually to Brookdale of Silver Lake for their full time skilled nursing care. The family thanks her friends at the Stanwood Parkinson’s Support group and all of her caregivers for their kindness and support over the years.
Joan is survived by her son Ian (Linda) of Camano Island, daughter Chris (Todd) of Machias, and five loving grandchildren, Nicole, Brian, Ryan, Kyle and Sydney. They can picture her snuggling with her Katie dog, playing Bingo, line-dancing, and selling Avon to the angels in heaven. Rest in peace Nanna.
A Celebration of Life will be held September 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm at Brookdale of Stanwood located at 7212 265th St NW, Stanwood, WA. 98292.
Remembrances may be made to Stanwood-Camano Island Relay for Life.