Joanne Welch Garvey was born on November 17, 1929 in Fort Worth, Texas, and died on September 10, 2012 in Petaluma. The only child of John and Agnes Welch, Joanne lived in Fort Worth until leaving for Trinity College in Washington, D.C. where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She went on to Columbia University in New York, where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Fine Arts and Archeology. She was married on February 4, 1956 to Terence M. Garvey, and they had six children. After living in Appleton, Wisconsin and Scottsdale, Arizona, the family moved to California and settled in Petaluma in 1968. Joanne was an active school volunteer while her children were young, was a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother, participated in the AFS student exchange program, was a long-time member of the American Association of University Women, and enjoyed being a member of the Petaluma Camera Club. Joanne had a wide variety of interests and a lively curiosity. She enjoyed all visual arts, opera, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. She loved the outdoors, and each summer would pack her Volkswagen bus with camping gear and her six kids and head to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite.
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Joanne is survived by her husband of 56 years, Terence; daughters Kathleen and Sheila; sons Lett, Terry Jr., and Tom; daughters-in-law, Doris, Tvang, and Nancy; and grandchildren Lauren, Ben, Evan, and Natalie. Her oldest son John died in 2000 at the age of 43.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS). Family assisted by PARENTSORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 763-4131
Published in Petaluma Argus-Courier from September 20 to October 20, 2012