Joan Oakes (1932 - 2019)

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    - Corky Oakes
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Service Information
Celebration of Life
Sunday, Jun. 9, 2019
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Loomis Basin Community Park South

Born January 4, 1932 in San Francisco and passing away peacefully on May 14, 2019 at the age of 87. Joan was born to James and Dorothea Owens and is survived by her children- Debbie (Steve Spencer), David, and Gary (Kathy); her sister Irene Pietsch; her niece Cindy and nephew Robbie; her grandchildren - Eric Bennett, Katie Knofler (Casey), Megan Moreno Oakes, Lindsey, Bobby (Haley), and her three great grandchildren - Lilly, Kai, and Ellie. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Phil, her son Peter, her brother-in-law Bob, grandson Ian and her daughter-in-law Cecilia. Joan attended Coloma Grammar School in Sacramento and Truckee High School. When her older children were in high school, she taught them to cook so she could go back to school and finish her college degree. She graduated with her BA from Sacramento State in education and received one of the last Lifetime Teaching Credentials. She met the love of her life, Phil, at Del Paso Manor School where she was a school secretary and he was a new teacher. They married in 1954 and resided in Loomis their entire marriage. During the summers the family would pack up and head to their family cabin at Wrights Lake. Without the luxury of electricity, running water or indoor plumbing, Joan learned to cook meals on a wood cook stove, washed clothes on a washboard, bathed the kids in the kitchen sink and along with Phil, trained their kids how to enjoy life without TV, radio or telephone. Her last two years of life were spent at Ohana Hospitality in Rancho Cordova where her wonderful care givers gave her lots of hugs and attention. She loved seeing her family and friends during their visits. She will be missed, but the family is happy to know she is now with her "Phil" once again. There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 9th, from 12-2 pm at the Loomis Basin Community Park South. Bring your fond memories to share. In lieu of flowers, please donate to .
Published in The Sacramento Bee from May 26 to June 2, 2019
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