Joan Timmons

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GASTONIA - Joan Evelyn Becker Timmons, 81, died early Sunday morning, April 28, 2013, in Gastonia.

She is survived by her former husband, Robert Lansing Timmons; her children, Ruth Louise Timmons of Seattle, Wash., James
Joseph Timmons II of Chapel Hill, Benson Ellison Lane Timmons IV and wife Lorna Sue Gillette of Gas-tonia, Robert Lansing Timmons Jr. and wife Mary Jane Wellnitz of Columbus, Ohio; and six grandchildren, Kara Elise, Andrew Lansing, Gregory Benson, Mathew Aaron, Elliott Jackson and Jenna Patricia. Not surviving is her grandson, James Joseph Timmons III.
Joan was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y. Her parents were Harold Randolf Becker and Ruth Dorothy Sutton; brother, Robert Sutton Becker and sister, Ruth Willa Becker Fortel. She attended Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mas-sachusetts. While there, she met her future husband who was attending Harvard Medical School in nearby Boston, Massachusetts. Together, they moved to Ann Arbor, Mich. to Chapel Hill, N.C., and finally to Greenville, N.C. Four children were born and raised. During these years, she devoted much time to charitable organizations. In 1978, she realized her artistic talent by returning to school at age 48. In 1980 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina. She remained in Chapel Hill until her final years, at which time she moved to Gastonia to be closer to her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. She was an artist, an accomplished photographer, a gar-dener, an animal lover and a devoted Grandmother. She lives on in our hearts and in our memories.

Her life will be celebrated by her family, in Gastonia on May 9.

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McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Timmons family.
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McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 865-3451
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Published in Gaston Gazette on May 8, 2013