Joan B. Thoma Hinton|
Virginia Beach - Joan B. Thoma Hinton, 83, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
Born Joan L. Bradshaw on May 6, 1930 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She was the daughter of the late John and Verna Bradshaw, and the sister of the late Francis R. Bradshaw. She was a 1947 graduate of GAR High School in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and went on to graduate from the Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, PA in 1950, as a Professional Registered Nurse. She later went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. Degree in Behavioral Science, and from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with an M.A. Degree in Social Science.
Her career began just out of nursing school as a floor nurse at Hahnemann Hospital, and was quickly promoted in her early 20's to being a Nursing Supervisor. Later, she would also go on to hold similar leadership positions at Shadyside Hospital and St. John's Hospital, both in Pittsburgh. After receiving her B.S. and M.A. degrees, she held positions in hospital management, and later became a Professor of Nursing, in leadership and management, at the Louise Obici Hospital School of Nursing, in Suffolk, VA. She retired from being a Nurse Educator in 1995.
While attending nursing school, she met and married George M. Thoma, MD, a recent medical school graduate. Shortly after that, her husband entered the Air Force as a physician and they began their married life in Texas. After leaving the Air Force, they would live in suburban Pittsburgh and Somerset County, PA on Indian Lake, where they would enjoy the mountains and its activities, and the beautiful lake. He would practice as a physician until his death.
In 1986, she moved to Virginia Beach and would begin her career as a Nurse Educator. In 1995, she met and married the late Albert J. Hinton, Jr. Due to their mutual love of the game of golf, they met while playing golf at the Broad Bay Country Club, in Virginia Beach. "Bert" Hinton had been in senior management in the transportation industry, and previously had offices all over the world before his retirement. When they married, he promised that he would take her all over the world. They were happily married and they excitedly traveled the world until his death in 2010. They had 15 wonderful years together. She had been retired since then, until her death.
She loved life and loved to help others. The world, her friends, and her family who loved her, will miss her greatly. She was a Methodist, loved God and was deep in her faith.
Her survivors include her beloved children: George M. Thoma, Jr. and wife Anna Marie of Virginia Beach, VA; Retired CDR John B. Thoma and wife Billye Kay of Magnolia, TX; Jill Thoma Thompson and husband Gregory of Strongsville, OH; and Dr. Robert B. Thoma and wife Sharon of Virginia Beach, VA.
Grandchildren include James Travis and Jason Paul Thompson; and Katherine Bradshaw Thoma; Also, Step Grandchildren include Chad Ferguson and Jana Daly; and Owen and Raegan Thatcher.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Baylake United Methodist Church or Wounded Warrior Project.
The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be conducted at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Baylake United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 1, 2014