Sep. 29, 1927 - Dec. 30, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Joan Gardner Held was born September 29, 1927 in Banty, Oklahoma. She passed away December 30, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Joan was the fourth of nine children born to Hazel and Leroy Gardner. Her passions were her family, gardening, cooking, sewing, reading, and Sooner football. From the 1970's through the early 1990's, Joan created a very successful bridal consultation and catering service. She was able to share her love of helping people, sewing, cooking and decorating. It gave her great pleasure making many a bride's dream wedding come true throughout the state of Oklahoma. Joan was a fixture at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church for decades. She is preceded in death by John Klein Held, whom she married April 11, 1947. Joan is survived by three children: John Jr., David, and Katherine; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Visitation for Joan will be held Friday, January 4, 2013 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Home. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 3:00pm at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Chapel followed by a reception. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Integris Hospice House for their tender and attentive care during her stay. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Oklahoma branch of the
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Published in The Oklahoman from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2013