I wonder how many Cordova kids are like me, and look back at Joan Gustin as their second mom. Her own children Don and Cheri had gobs of friends, and these all seemed welcome at Joan's house. She would feed you, take an interest in you, laugh at your silly stories as if you were her own.
Her personality -- her easy yet electric laughter, especially -- would light up the room. Or the patio, the pool, the street, the store, the restaurant, the. . . Well, you get the picture.