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1923 - 2016
TARLETON, Joan Finch Born September 12, 1923. Departed October 18, 2016, age 93.Adored wife of the late Morris E. Tarleton. Caring sister to the departed Adda Dorsett. Devoted mother of William Tarleton of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jeffery Tarleton of Reisterstown, Maryland, and of the late Morris Tarleton, Jr. of Houston, Texas. Beloved mother-in-law to Susan Tarleton, Gretchen Tarleton, and the late Sherry Tarleton. Admired and cherished by eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Raised by her father, Jerome Ives Finch, and mother, Myra Warren Finch, Joan grew up in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, on the Western lands her grandfather, J.L. Warren established in 1892. Brought up on horseback riding, discovering artifacts, and exploring the countryside, Joan's love of the Oklahoma plains was unwavering until the end. Following secretarial school in Tennessee, Joan joined her sister Adda in 1943, moving to Aberdeen Providing Ground in Maryland for work during World War II. There she met a promising U.S. Army Officer, Morris E. Tarleton. Married in Perryville, MD in 1944, Morris settled into a career with the American Sugar Co. (Domino), taking the pair to New Orleans & Baton Rouge, LA, Timonium, Maryland, Chatham, New Jersey, and finally Boxford, Massachusetts. Collector, animal lover, fierce Democrat – Joan's passion for family, antiquing, pets, wildlife, and politics was unrivaled. An active participant and Board Member of the Boxford Council of Aging, member and Corresponding Secretary of the Boxford Democratic Town Committee, and co-founder of the Merrimack Valley Antique Bottle Club, Joan's commitment to her community attests to her steadfast spirit. Ensconced in her forest sanctuary in bucolic Boxford, Joan leaves behind her adoring family as well as many beloved friends, including Gertrude Freedman of Boxford. Loved ones are invited to celebrate her life and spirit at a memorializing visitation service on Friday, October 28th from 3 to 7 at the Conte - Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown. Her Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 29th at 11AM in the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your nearest pet shelter. Conte - Giamberardino Funeral Home Georgetown, MA
Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 25, 2016
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