Joan Marie Williams

joan williams

August 14, 1941 ~ January 4, 2012

Resided in: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Joan Marie Williams, of Rancho Palos Verdes, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in New York City, Joan was a 27-year resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, and while remaining a New Yorker to the end, she fully embraced the Southern California lifestyle. A graduate of St. John's University and New York University, she was a Renaissance woman who valued intellectual pursuits and was a life-long learner and extensive reader. She spent the last 25 years as a successful executive coach to a wide array of public and private organizations. Above all, she was known for her generous spirit, kind heart, and loyal friendship. Joan is survived by a son, John (Anne) Williams and grandsons, Finn and Declan, of Hermosa Beach; sister, Carol (Pierre) Hauth; and nieces, Stacy and Tara, of Phoenix, AZ. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Wednesday, January 11 from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm with the Rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm. A Mass Service will be held at St. John Fisher on Thursday, January 12 at 1:30 pm.

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  1. I am so sorry for you loss and so sorry this has been so difficult for Joan and you all. Joan was a strong feminist role model for me as a child-teen. She was always very warm and generous to me. And yes-she was a NYer always at heart!!!

  2. Dear Joan: I will miss you imensily. I am glad to have known you in my life. You are my best friend. with all my love Liliana

  3. Joan I will miss you,your smile,your gentle ways,the love you gave to all of us God be with you. Love Vito

  4. Sending you and your family our heartfelt sympathy during this sad time. May God (Ps.34:18) give you the comfort and support needed for each day as you try to cope with your loss. Joan touched the lives of others and will be sadly missed.

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