Joan Jue Yen

September 25, 1930December 30, 2012
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Joan Jue Yen, 82, of Phoenix, died peacefully December 30, 2012, in the embrace of her family. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1930, Joan attended UCLA where she studied fine art and design. She finished her formal education at ASU receiving both her BA and MA in art education. Joan taught art at Cortez HS in Phoenix, Scottsdale Community College, and Phoenix College. She was also an accomplished artist whose work has been archived in the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C., and exhibited throughout California and Arizona. Joan has a large extended family in California including sisters, Soo-Jan Wong (Mel); Pingeleen Quon; Soo-Yin Holloway (Ed); sister-in-law, Estelle Jue-Clay (Guy Jue, deceased). She was survived by her brother, Jack Jue (Alice), by just days. Joan leaves behind her husband of 62 years, Richard Yen, their children Richard Scott Yen (Sue), Robert E. Yen (Li), Jenifer Y. Pang (Yin) and six grandchildren: Christopher Yen (Erika), Stephen Yen, Michael Pang, Harrison Yen, Joan Emily Yen (Matt Young) and Kalia Pang. Services will be held at 10:30 am, on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, Serenity Chapel, 2300 West Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ. Visitation on January 11, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm, A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuary, 710 West Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ.

Donations may be made in Joan's memory to The Desert Jade Women's Club Scholarship Fund c/o Mary Tang, 1209 E. Steamboat Bend Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283.


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2013

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Sarah Bodney

January 22, 2013

Serendipity brought me to Joan's class at Phoenix College. But, her no-nonsense attitude, her ability to teach techniques and then allow her students to create their own style and the sense of camaraderie she inspired in her students, those are the reasons I stayed. Phoenix College has lost a fine teacher.

Though I can't say I knew her well, I did know her well enough to understand that she loved her family dearly and knew that she was deeply loved in return.

My warmest wishes go to her dear family.

Beemeth Robles

January 14, 2013

Dearest Joan,
I am saddened by your departure. We were so close and yet so far. I know we never met but I did have the fortune of meeting your family. I heard wonderful things about you and I know that this world has experienced a loss. The loss of a mother is indescribable....My condolences to your husband and the rest of your family. I wish you well in your journey....


Meng Ansley

January 12, 2013

Thank you Joan for sharing your gift and expressions of art, always peppered with interesting stories. You exude wisdom and sensitivity that inspire others in so many ways. Your legacy lives on forever. We will miss you!

Richard Jue (Nephew)

January 10, 2013

Auntie Joan, it is difficult to imagine a trip to Phoenix without you there...Your smiling face, your warm embrace, your kind and thoughful words. Yesterday, at dinner the three of us were praying and I asked God to look after Yeh Yeh (Dad) and PoPo (Terri's Mom, Mary Lew) and... our little Emily looked up and said "Auntie Joan too!". Terri and I smiled and gave her a big hug. We all love you soo much. You have given me a lifetime of treasured memories. God bless you, and God bless the entire Yen Clan

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