Joan Lenarth Healy, wife of Charles Joseph Healy, mother to James, Annie, Maureen, Kathleen and Ted, and grandmother to Dane, Hanna, Christopher, Alexandra, Ellis, Grayson, Paxton, and Odin. Joan passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2012. A labor and delivery nurse for over 40 years, a Lamaze instructor, and a Doula, she helped bring countless children safely into this world. A plant lover (orchids especially!), wife, traveler, loving mother, grandmother, and friend, her legacy lives on through those whose lives she touched. We are honored to have known her and will continue to check up on the ocean and make sure that it is still there, just as she did every day. Mom, Grandma, Joan - we love you more than words could ever say. A celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Rice Mortuary in Torrance. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please make a donation to the South Coast Botanical Garden ,, (310-544-6815) in her honor.

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  1. I am devastated to hear this news. Thank you so much for including me and letting me know. Joan was a very special person who loved life and loved to travel. I had the pleasure of her company on two of my tours, the last one in June 2011 to Tuscany on a garden tour with her beautiful daughter Kathleen. It was so heartwarming to see the two of them share this time together. I know they made memories together and that is what I shall remember as I am sure Kathleen will too. My heart goes out to the whole family

  2. Joan was my doula. Our connection was powerful and lasting. She was a women that left an impression on me and made a difference on my perspectives in life. We shared some of the same views on Mother Nature and all that she is to us and made me realize a lot about myself and my place in this world. She will be remembered for a long time. My sincere sympathies for your loss. Warmly, Robin

  3. Joan was such an incredible woman, doula and mentor… my heart is heavy over the loss of this spectacular woman who left an impression on everyone she came in contact with My thoughts and prayers are with her family, whom she raved about constantly.

  4. I remember Joan from our days at St. Vincent’s nursing school. Though we were not close, I have good memories of her. My sincere condolences.

  5. To all of Joan’s family I send my love and prayers. She was such a very special lady, a wonderful friend to me and someone I looked up to with such admiration. When I walk on the beach or stop for tea as we used to do she will be with me in spirit.

  6. Please know that all of you are in my heart and prayers. Your mother was a very special friend and manager for me when I was a novice RN and new to labor and delivery nursing. I was so blessed to be the L&D nurse for 2 of her grandchildren born in Dallas, Tx. Yes, she definitely touched many lives in special ways with her wonderful nursing and friendship over the years. May she be at peace with your father now. God Bless you all, Hugs from FL, Maureen Zirbel

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