OBITUARY

Joan Lucretia Wilson

October 16, 1929March 10, 2018
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Joan Lucretia Wilson, 88, of Barstow, CA, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Joan was born and raised in Los Angeles prior to moving to Barstow. Joan worked at Bank Of America for 32 years before retiring and joining the auxiliary at Barstow Community Hospital, where she volunteered for close to 20 years. She enjoyed her soap operas, cooking shows and she was an avid reader. Mostly she enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her parents Ervin Wright and Lucretia Carver and her brother Keith Wright. She is survived by her three children, Tim Mays and wife Lucy, Cindy Mays and fiancé Joe Andrade and Julie Smith. As well as 7 grandchildren, Tim Romero and wife Jaimi, Candice Padilla and Husband Brennan, Eric Adams, Shane Smith and wife Rita, Sandi King and Husband Mike, Keith Mays and Adam Benitez; 14 cherished great grandchildren, Eli, Milo and Jasper Romero, Gabriel Gonzales, Julia Andrade, Cole and Cash Adams, Brook, Kodyn, Shane and Doc Smith, Olivia, Mark and Averi King, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Friday, March 23rd at 2-p.m. at Mead Mortuary 36930 Irwin Rd. Barstow, CA 92311. Reception to follow immediately after the services. Condolences may be made by visiting, you are more than welcome to bring a dish to share but are not obligated, your presence is plenty.

Services

  • Rosary Friday, March 23, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Debbie Wynne

March 20, 2018

I would like to share one of my memories of Joan. I met her in 1977 when I moved to Barstow and began to work at Bank of America. She was very kind to me and helped me to learn the processes and procedures of working at the bank. I left the bank in 1984 and remained friends with Joan. I will miss Cindy’s Facebook pictures of Joan. I wish all of Joan’s family peace.

Donald Case

March 20, 2018

My prayers of condolences go out to the family during this time of their loss. I know she loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Phil Harris

March 14, 2018

I always remember her beautiful smile and the classy lady that she was. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. My sympathies go out to the entire family. I'm sorry I will be out of state during the services and won't be there in person, but my thoughts will be with you.

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Biography

If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Joanie Lucretia Wilson. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. She was the daughter of Ervin Wright and Lucretia Ewins. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. She had one brother Keith. In her spare time she liked skating and going to the beach. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. She graduated from Saint Mary's Academy Catholic High School in Los Angeles, California in 1947. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. She had a knack for staying focused and on track no matter what was going on around her. She knew the facts and rarely made factual errors. She earned her Business Degree. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. While growing up, one of her best friends were Nancy. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her.
She married Tom Mays at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church of Los Angeles, California. Jody and Tom had three children, Tim, Cindy and Julie. They were also blessed with seven grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren, Tim, Candice, Eric, Shane, Sandi, Keith, and Adam are her grandchildren, her great grandchildren are Eli, Milo, Jasper, Gabriel, Julia, Cole, Cash, Brook, Kodyn, Shane, Doc Olivia, Mark and Averi. She was reasonable and understanding. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was utility clerk.
She was employed for 32 years at Bank of America. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. Her favorite pursuits were dancing, music, knitting, reading, the beach, she loved a glass of wine and her cigarettes. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Tops on her list were figure skating, baseball, tennis and she was very passionate about her Lakers. And she wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. She was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. She was appreciated and respected. She could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about her own values and beliefs. So it’s little wonder that she was active and highly valued by those in her community, serving on committees for the volunteer for over 20 years at Barstow Community Hospital. Religion and faith were important to her. She was a catholic member. She was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could. Some of her most prestigious awards included performance awards at Bank of America.
She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Favorite vacations included Hawaii and family time at Laguna Beach. One of her favorites was Baby her dog., who was a best friend for 10 years. Her family was rounded out by her cat. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Her new life involved relocating to Barstow, California.
In retirement, she found new pleasure in volunteered at Barstow Hospital, watched The View, The Chew, she also enjoyed watching her soap operas and the Olympics. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her. St. Mary’s Medical Center, Apple Valley, California. She had a mild heart attack , fell broke her arm and never got better. She is survived by Tim Mays and wife Lucy, Cindy Mays and fiancée Joe Andrade, and Julie Smith. Services were held at Mead Mortuary in Barstow, California. And whenever she said something, she meant it. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Joan Lucretia Wilson.