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Joann Alice Marques

She was surrounded by family in her final days and died peacefully at age 90 on April 14, 2014 in Corona, CA. Joann had previously been a long time resident of Redondo Beach, CA and recently moved to Corona to be closer to her children.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Joann was born January 15, 1924 in Petaluma, CA. Her mother Margaret Johnson, nee Schuler was a Lutheran of German descent from the Midwest, and her father Henning Johnson was a Swedish immigrant and WWI veteran who came to this country by himself as a very young man. Joann had an older sister Ruth and a younger brother Earl who predeceased her.

Joann's happy childhood took a sudden and tragic turn when, on the way to school one morning in 1932, the car in which she and her mother, sister, and brother were riding was broadsided by a careless motorist. Margaret died from her injuries on the way to the hospital. Dispirited by the loss of his wife and in declining health, Henning died three years later, leaving Joann an orphan at age 11. Over the next several years Joann and her siblings were split up and moved among grandparents, aunts, and uncles within their financially strapped extended family.

Following graduation from Petaluma High School in 1941 Joann entered the Mount Zion Hospital School of Nursing in San Francisco. After receiving her R.N. degree in 1944 she joined the Navy as an ensign and was assigned to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Long Beach during WWII. It was there she met her future husband Alfred (Al) Marques, who was a Navy corpsman on ambulance duty at the time.

Joann and Al were married in 1946. They were together for 66 wonderful years before Al passed away in August 2013. As a mother Joann ensured that her three young children had the loving care, sense of belonging, and security that were cut short in her own childhood. She was a stay-home mom until her children started high school and she returned part time to her nursing career, working the nightshift in the pediatric department at Mercy Hospital and later in the nursery at Memorial Hospital, both in Bakersfield, CA. As a volunteer she assisted in the annual vision and hearing screening of school children in the Bakersfield city schools.

Joann was a great cook with many specialties. Her house was always the place to be on Thanksgiving. Over the years she regularly created care packages with homemade goodies for her children and grandchildren who were far from home. Joann enjoyed movies, gardening, and was an avid reader, favoring mostly fiction. She stayed in touch with surviving members of her class at nurses training. She was an excellent tailor and enjoyed sewing coats, dresses, and shirts for her family. Joann was part of a circle of friends who took sewing classes together. Every year Joann sewed beautiful Christmas ornaments that she gave to family members and sold to raise money for charity.

Joann is survived by her three children: Danielle Rae (Jim) of Corona, Dean Marques (Lois) of Corona, and Dr. Todd (Becky) Marques of Pleasanton, CA. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Brian Rae of Long Beach, Daniel (Kelly) Marques of Atlanta, GA, Lauren (Channon) Cain of Austin, TX, Captain Paul (Bridget) Marques of West Point, NY, Neil Marques of Ithaca, NY and Reed Marques of Pleasanton, CA. In addition, she is survived by four great granddaughters.

Joann's quiet strength and determination, enduring faith, humility, complete unselfishness, and her devotion to family will never be forgotten by the many who loved her. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on May 8, 2014
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