Joan Katherine Mallery went home to be with the Lord on January 12, 2013 at her home in Deming.
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Visitation will be Thursday afternoon from 3 to 7 at Baca's Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be Friday afternoon at 2 at Baca's Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Sam Sadler officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Joan was born in Morenci, Arizona on October 13, 1942 to Everett T. and Eunice B. Mallery. Her father was working in the accounting department at the mines at the time and he then later enlisted in the Seabees during WWII
Joan and her parents later moved to Deming and lived in Joan's grandmother's house. She grew up in Deming and graduated from Deming High School in 1960 where she played the clarinet and was 1st chair while her best friend, Joyce Norman, played 1st chair flute.
Joan received a band scholarship to McMurry College in Abilene, Texas where she attended two years and then transferred to Western New Mexico University and received her degree in business administration.
Joan went on to teach special education in Roswell for one year and then went to California where she eventually founded and directed a program for The Adult Developmentally Disabled in conjunction with a large church. She directed the program for 22 years which were the best years of her life.
Joan then came back to Deming in 1985 and taught one year in special education at the Deming Public Schools. She also continued her talents in artistry and locally was a member of the Deming Art's Council and the Humane Society.
Joan began having multiple health problems along with caring for her elderly parents until their death. Joan enjoyed attending church and thanked the Lord every day for her parents.
Joan is survived by her aunt, Phylis BeShelle of Sun Valley, CA; numerous cousins, extended family and dear friends.
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Published in Deming Headlight on Jan. 16, 2013