October 21, 1930 – August 28, 2020
With profound sadness we announce the passing of Joan R. Barton peacefully in her sleep the morning of August 28, 2020. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, and mother, grandmother, school teacher and volunteer. Joan was born October 21, 1930 in New Carlisle, Quebec to Wilfred Bertram Blois and Annie Grace Le Gallais. Predeceased by her husband Robert Beverly Barton, her sister Carol Elizabeth Watson, and her cousin, Margaret Le Gallais (Anderson) with whom she was raised as a sister. Left to mourn are her daughters, Patricia Barton and Joann Barton as well as granddaughter Grace Barton; nephews Paul and Stephen Watson and her grand-nephew Oren, residing in Alberta and Ontario, Canada. Her Chesapeake Virginia family on her husband’s side includes Bill and Teresa Peebles and Brian and Beverly Peebles Pascua inclusive of all their children and grandchildren. The family also loving extends to Karen Shenfeld and Barbara Bloxam. Joan was born and raised in New Carlisle, a small, seaside town in Quebec, Canada. Her college years took Joan to bustling Montreal to study at McGill University graduating with a teaching degree. Joan’s first teaching position was on the frigid northern Goose Bay Labrador Air Force Base, Newfoundland. While there, she met a handsome young U.S. Air Force pilot, Robert Barton on a blind date. Marriage to Robert, a career officer, led her to take leave of Canada and to being stationed both home and abroad, including in Italy, Japan, Hawaii to name a few countries, before settling in Dayton Ohio. Joan always appreciated her Air Force family and the experience of tasting the life of other cultures. Joan taught at a variety of elementary schools as the Air Force found different base assignments for Robert. The last years of her teaching career were in Beavercreek, Ohio teaching primarily kindergarten at St. Luke Catholic School, Parkwood and Valley. Joan forever strove to enrich her pupils’ education, and her eyes lit up when she spoke of their accomplishments. Joan’s teaching retirement in 1996 began her community volunteering at both Cox Arboretum and Children’s Medical Center. Her bridge games brought her lifelong joy and deep friendships with a broad group of strong, smart, and active women. She was lucky to live close by her two treasured daughters and granddaughter. Joan led a full life and will be deeply missed by family, friends, and students whose lives she touched. A celebration of life will be held September 19, 2020, where family and friends are welcomed to gather 10am to 12pm.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, September 19, 2020
September 7, 2020
Pat, Joann and Grace, I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss your mom. I will miss our conversations, her stories, her honest opinions and her no nonsense advice. I will miss my friend. God bless you all.
September 3, 2020
I was a student teacher in Mrs. Barton’s Kindergarten class back in 1984. She was a wonderful teacher and I was a better teacher because of her! I was in a horrible car accident during the second half of student teaching with another teacher who was not going to let me pass! Joan stepped in and fought for me to be able to graduate on time. I am so grateful!! Then 35 years later, I met her wonderful and remarkable daughter, Pat, at an event. When I found out who she was I cried, remembering how much her mom meant to me. I was able to call Joan recently and enjoy a wonderful conversation that I will cherish forever!
Sending you all prayers of comfort❤️
Terry Tallman Cherniga
September 2, 2020
Dear Pat and JoAnn,
I was thinking of your Mother recently while having lunch with my small Grandson. I distinctly remember her babysitting me on occasion when we all lived in California. You both were at school along with Cindy, Michelle and Ken. I was still home, so I must not yet have been in Kindergarten. I loved my special time alone with her while my Mom was away and it was just the two of us.
Both of my Parents are gone now, too, but know they had great times both in California and then in Beavercreek with your parents. I have fond memories of our families spending time together.
Please know you are in my thoughts as you celebrate the life of your Mom.
Fondly, Terry Tallman Cherniga
September 2, 2020
To Pat, Joann, and Grace Ann, I am so sorry for the loss of Aunt Joan. When it comes to the memories I don’t know where to start. Aunt Joan was such a great person. I had the privilege of making a very long drive from Ohio to Canada with her. That is one memory I wouldn’t change for the world, and I share often. She was such an example for me and has become a great example for my children and grandchildren. The books she gave to them and pushing the teaching of reading to each one was great. Aunt Joan made the trip down to see us at Thanksgiving a couple of years ago and this was a great experience. She was a, and excuse me when I say this, a tough bird. I was trying to help her up the stairs and she looked at me and said “ don’t touch me”. That’s how she was. I will miss her dearly. Pat, Joann, and Grace Ann my thoughts and prayers are with you guys. She was a GREAT woman and I will miss her calls.
September 2, 2020
Pat and Joanne,
So sorry to hear that you lost your Mom. She was a bright spot in everyone's day!
My Mother was shocked and saddened also, to lose such a loyal and uplifting friend.
Our prayers are with you. If you need anything at all, we are at your call.
September 2, 2020
What an incredible woman! She will truly be missed. She was so inspiring and I admired her strength, her independence, her ability to state her opinion with such class and her love for her family. I will miss her stories about her teaching days, of her travels and the stories of friends she met along the way. I have always enjoyed carrying out her tradition of giving out books to children and sharing the joy of reading with them. I will forever cherish the children's books that she has past down to me. As I look at my "fish tree" in the OBX, it will always remind me of her and how I stoled her idea.
Again such a wonderful woman and we will sincerely miss her.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pat, Joann and Grace Ann. Love you!
August 30, 2020
I have really enjoyed having Joan be a part of my life. She is someone who has lived a big life & seen the world. Her stories were always terrific. She always had an opinion with no problem telling you exactly what she thinks. I was a full life with her "Barton Gals". We will miss her.
August 29, 2020
Long friendship with Joan we will remember her forever.
Memories are too many to mention!
Much love the from all of us.