Joan Margaret (Mahaffey) Hart (1940 - 2018)

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Joan Margaret Mahaffey Hart was born in Centerville, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1940. She was the youngest of her five siblings. She grew up on her family's farm, along the banks of the Monongahela River. Her father worked as a tugboat captain in the Three Rivers area. She graduated from nursing school and registered nurse and worked in the field for over 40 years. She and her family moved to Ketchikan, Alaska in 1970, and then on to Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. The latter was where she spent the majority of her life. She made a career out of assisting in surgeries and helping to deliver babies. She worked with many of the local doctors, including Paul Isaak, Alex Russel and Joe Sangster.

She raised her three boys, Mark, Mike and Jim, in the Kenai area and very much enjoyed Alaskan life. She filled her spare time with fishing, hunting , flying and golfing. After her retirement, in 1995, she moved down to Deer Park, Washington, where she continued enjoying golf as well as quilting and living close to her youngest son, Jim, and her grandchildren, Mark, Jr., James and Nicholas Sibley.

She is survived by her brothers, Mike, Frank, Jim, Thomas and Burnie Mahaffey; and her children, Mark, Mike and Jim Sibley. She is equally loved and missed by her grandchildren, Benjamin, Nicholas and Mark, Jr. We cannot say enough as to how much our mother will be missed. Her strength and caring she showed will always be remembered. We are all deeply saddened by her sudden loss from our lives but we can all rest assured that we will see her again in Heaven someday. To know she is not suffering and is at peace up there warms our hearts. Funeral arrangements were made for Sunday, June 24, in Deer Park, Washington.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on July 15, 2018