Joan T McLaughlin

Born June 23, 1925

Joan T McLaughlin was born on June 23, 1925.


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Mary Carpenter

July 4, 2012

Joan Trussell McLaughlin
June 23, 1925 - July 1, 2012

Joan Trussell McLaughlin passed away peacefully at age 87, surrounded by her children on July 1, 2012, at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 6th at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Visalia.

Joan was born June 23, 1925, in Akron, Ohio to Frank Jamison and Beth Carter Trussell and was the youngest of three children. Joan relocated to Los Angeles, CA in 1940 with her mother. During WWII she pitched in to the war effort by working at a defense plant in the LA area.

While in Los Angeles, Joan was a member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church and sang in the choir. In 1953, mutual friends arranged for Joan and Calvin McLaughlin to go out on a date and three years later, they were married on February 3, 1956. Their children Henry, Katie, and Mary were born in Santa Monica. In 1963, Calvin moved the family to Visalia to start an accounting practice. Paul was born shortly after the move. Joan worked for decades as Calvin's administrative assistant and office manager in his accounting practice.

Joan had a long history of service to the community. She served as a Mt Whitney Area Council Boy Scout Commissioner for years and received the honor of the Silver Beaver Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by Scouting. Joan was a Girl Scout leader for her daughters throughout their Scouting careers. She served as President of the PTA at Highland Elementary School. Joan also volunteered at the Visalia Rescue Mission and at the Sequoia High School Nursery.

Joan was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Visalia since 1963, serving in various ministries of the church: Deacon, Stephen Ministry, Prayer Partners, Healing, and the 210 ministry.

Joan was very devoted to her family and always enjoyed getting the family together for holidays and birthdays. “Pit” and “Scrabble” were always the highlight of evenings at Mom's house. She loved to travel by train to visit family in the Bay Area and Oregon.

Joan had a real knack for letter writing and anyone who received a card or letter from her felt loved and special. She remembered birthdays, anniversaries, and other special days. She always wrote a thank you note if she received a gift and didn't rest until every last note was written. She felt that the written word was so important.

Joan was a loving and caring soul. She did so much for her community through her prayer groups and many friendships. She touched so many lives through her caring words and loving support. Any family member or friend in need could count on Joan to be there for them as a compassionate listener and a loving presence.

All of Joan's grandchildren referred to her affectionately as “Gran.” Gran was a constant source of support for each grandchild and great grandchild. She proudly displayed their artwork on her refrigerator and took special interest in all their activities. Gran was always ready with a big hug.

Joan's mission here on earth is done, and she is reaping her Heavenly reward.

The family would like to thank the staff of 3West at the Kaweah Delta Medical Center for their compassionate and professional care during her stay.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband Calvin Betts McLaughlin, her brother Francis Trussell and her sister Elizabeth Philbrook. Joan is survived by her children, Henry Calvin McLaughlin of Fresno, CA, Katherine Ann McLaughlin of Visalia, CA,
Mary Beth Carpenter of Shedd, OR and Paul Mason McLaughlin of Walnut Creek, CA; eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Ryan, Amy, Christina, Hannah, Heidi, Emily, and Evan, and two great grandchildren, Sarah and Donny.

Donations may be made to “210” (a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Visalia) or the Visalia Rescue Mission.

Glen Drake

July 3, 2012

It was with great sadness that I learned today of Joan's death. Joan was the most consistent Stephen Minister that First Pres Visalia has ever had. I don't think she ever missed a meeting in her two year plus ministry to care side by side to so many others. She was constant in prayer - evidenced by her longevity as the Prayer Partner leader. She visited my wife Jane frequently in her last stages of life and was a shining light to me and my family of God's never ending faithfulness, hope, and grace. I am so glad that she is now rejoicing with her beloved Cal and her friend Jane and so many other saints in the presence of our risen Lord, Jesus. I am so grateful for her ministry among us and for her love for the church and for her care and love for her family. What an example she has been to all of us. I know Jesus is saying, "Well done my good and faithful servant!"