Joan Haley Linsley (1932 - 2016)


Joan Haley Linsley

Joan H. Linsley, 84, passed away unexpectedly on October 14, 2016 due to health complications. She was born in Berkley, Calif. and grew up in a Tidewater Oil Company Town called Avon, Calif. (near Martinez and Concord on Suisun Bay), which is no longer there. She attended Avon Elementary School and graduated from Concord High School. She met her husband, George, in 1959 at a Roseville school PTA meeting. He was the Roseville elementary school superintendent and they were married for 57 years. Joan was mostly a homemaker, but she also earned her teaching credentials and was a substitute teacher for the Roseville City Elementary School District. Joan volunteered to retype children's books for the visually impaired by using a braille typewriter. She also spent time volunteering at a center for children with autism. They raised their children in Roseville and after retirement, she graduated from the Sierra College Medical Transcription Program. She was employed in Sacramento and also Monterey, Calif. when they lived there for a few years. They lived in Minden, Nev. for 25 years and in 2005 moved back to Roseville to be closer to their kids and grandkids. While in Minden, Joan volunteered in the Hospice Program and also volunteered at the voting polls for many years.
Joan was predeceased by her husband, George H. Linsley, who just passed away in March of this year; predeceased by her son, Christopher C. Linsley (Valorie) of Roseville; survived by her daughter, Paula Linsley Knuthson (Chuck, predeceased) of Roseville; two grandsons and one great granddaughter. She also is survived by her step family of three daughters, Kathryn Brenson (Ft. Meyers, Fla.), Karen Lyncoln (Billings, Mont.), Virginia Kent (Chicago, Ill); three grandsons; five great grandchildren; a nephew and two nieces. She also was predeceased by her parents Walter Leroy Haley and Irene Johnson Haley and her brother, Marine Capt. Harrison L. Haley, who was killed in Vietnam.
Joan enjoyed the outdoors. She loved to garden and knew the names, and sometimes even the scientific names, of numerous plants. She liked to camp, fish, hike, and hunt in the mountains with her family and friends. She also loved the ocean. She especially enjoyed vacations in the deserts, canyons, and Indian ruins in the Southwest. After they retired, Joan and her husband George enjoyed traveling to many different countries with the Stanford Alumni Association.
According to Joan's wishes, no services will be held, although family and friends are gathering for a Celebration of Lives for both George and Joan. Donations may be made to the .
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Oct. 28, 2016
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