June 14, 1930 ~ July 8, 2005
Joan Cecille Anderson Wilkins passed on to a new life on July 8, 2005. She was born June 14, 1930 in Los Angeles and lived in the South Bay her entire life. Joan was employed by the Torrance Unified School District until 1980 when she left and went into private industry at West Coast Aerospace. She retired from an Administrative position in 1994.
She served in many capacities through the years including President of the PTA at Crenshaw Elementary, Sunday school Superintendent at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Torrance and President of the Congregation at Ascension Lutheran in Rancho Palos Verdes. She also escorted senior trips for the Torrance YMCA and worked for a number of years on their campaigns. In 2002, Joan was awarded a "Service Above Self" award by the Torrance "Y" for her work with the YMCA.
Joan was married for 50 years to Fred Wilkins, who predeceased her in June 2000. They had three children, Dennis H. Wilkins of Henderson, NV, Marc K. Wilkins of Torrance and Cynthia E. Puerto of Lomita. She is also survived by two daughter-in-laws, Deena and Cherrie Wilkins and a son-in law Bernard Puerto. She also had a foster daughter, Teresa Nelson of Wasilla, AK. Surviving grandchildren are Ryan, Shaun and Brett Wilkins, Jon and Paul Wilkins and Lisa and Kimberly Munoz. Step and foster grandchildren are Rick Munoz, B.J. and Danny Puerto, Kyle Neese, and Joshua and Jack Nelson.
A gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday, July 12, 2005 from 4:00 until 8:00PM at McCormick Redondo Beach Chapel. Funeral service will be Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 12:30PM at Ascension Luther Church, Rancho Palos Verdes with interment in Green Hills Memorial Park.
Memorials may be directed to Ascension Lutheran Church, Rancho Palos Verdes or Kihei Lutheran Church, Kihei, Maui in Hawaii.
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