JOANNE MAY MacINNIS
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January 10, 1924 - March 20, 2013
Joanne May MacInnis passed away on March 20, 2013 at age 89 while still living at home in Irvine, CA. She had gracefully and with humor withstood her final years coping with Alzheimer disease. A cherished mother of four children, she is survived by John D. Williams of Long Beach, Cathryn M. Williams (McGuire) of New York City, Carolyn L. Williams (Keeler) of Palo Alto, and Teresa A. Williams (Iacopino) of Pacific Palisades along with their spouses; and her eleven grandchildren: Erin W. Kendrella, Ryan J. Williams, Stephen D. Williams, Kathleen D. McGuire, Brendan J. McGuire, Max W. Keeler, Charlotte A. Keeler, Robert J Iacopino, Perrin C. Iacopino, John K. Iacopino, and Kevin J. Iacopino.
Joanne is also survived by her brother, Dr. Douglas MacInnis of Laguna Woods, plus many cousins, nieces and nephews. Her brothers Donald and Dana, and parents Earl C. and C. May (Williams) MacInnis, preceded her in death, as well as her former husband John (Jack) W. Williams.
Joanne MacInnis was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, January 10, 1924, and moved with her family to Van Nuys, California as a teenager where her father was superintendent of the McKinley Home for Boys. She studied music education at The University of Wisconsin, and at the University of Southern California, earning a Bachelor of Music from USC in 1954.
Joanne was beautiful, vivacious, and loving and had a sharply focused and brilliant mind. Her evocative singing could elicit expansive joy to deep reflection. She was an accomplished musician, soprano, choral conductor, and music educator. Her professional career spanned many years; she was music supervisor at the Lowell Joint School District in La Habra, sang with the Roger Wagner Los Angeles Master Chorale, taught at USC ISOMATA in Idyllwild and in the Cal State University system, consulted on numerous state music curriculum projects, and was a long-time volunteer in the California Music Educators Association. Ms. MacInnis was also a journalist, photographer, editor, and prize-winning gardener with her Grandiflora roses.
A memorial service was held on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Community United Methodist Church in Pacific Palisades. She will be interred at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth. Donations may be made in her name to CMEA, calmusiced.com, 559-904-2002.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Apr. 7, 2013