joanwolford
On Friday, October 12, 2018 in Torrance, CA, heaven gained another angel. Our beautiful wife and mother, JOAN MARY WILLIAMSON WOLFORD, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness. Joan was born May 23, 1943 in Kane, Pennsylvania, to Myron and Emogene Stiles Williamson. After graduating from Kane High School, Joan met the love of her life, James T Wolford and married him on August 4, 1962 in Westons Mills, New York. Joan is survived by her loving husband James of 56 years and her three daughters - Terri (Mark) Nessler, Julie (Paul) Becker, and Jodi (Todd) Rice; along with four grandchildren - Tallena (Danny) Kallenbach, Brittany (Jeff) Ruso, Blake Geiger, and Jordyn Rice; three great grandchildren- Delaynie Moore, Michael Washington, and Logan Kallenbach; one brother, Eugene (Joyce) Williamson; one sister. Doris Ladd; one brother-in-law, Doug (Teresa) Wolford; one sister-in-law, Lorraine Williamson; and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Jimmy and Donald Williamson; one sister, Betty Atkins; three brother-in-laws,Garrick Wolford, William Ladd, and Roy Wolford; and two sister-in-laws, Jenny Blue and Jerry Lauff. Joan was employed as an Executive Secretary for several local companies in the Bradford area. While employed as an outside sales person at Mastel Ford, she had the thrill of her life when she was able to drive a new Thunderbird around the NASCAR racetrack at Watkins Glen, New York. After raising their three daughters in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Joan and James retired and enjoyed traveling the USA in their motorhome, managing several campgrounds, and visiting family and friends along the way before settling in Florida for a while. Joan's faith in God was strong. She was a past member of the Bolivar Drive Baptist Church in Bradford, Pennsylvania and was very active with the Bradford Area High School marching band while her three daughters were in high school there. She enjoyed playing BINGO during her retirement years and did so in every state she traveled through. She was much loved will be greatly missed! Per Joan's request there will be no funeral held. However, a Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date. Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Cardiology Department at the Olean General Hospital, 515 Main Street, Olean, New York 14760.

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  1. Sorry for ur loss! I miss her as well she and Jim made feel like family. When I moved to fl. Great people the hole family

  2. I’m so sorry for your los Jimmy i feel like an adopted daughter to the 2 of you Joan was a very special role model in my life growing up i will always remember being at your house alot.i loved her calling me kimmie kay that was one of my favorite things. If you need anything please let me know i love you guys I’m praying for healing during this difficult time. Love always your adopted daughter kimmie kay

  3. One of the most wonderful women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Growing up around her and her family (including the poor child given my name 🙂 Remember – celebration of life so my humor is coming through) I always thought she was a cool mom. Once they left Bradford to go chasing bingo halls in every state and city in the state, I missed her, her hubby, and the girls. She was a rare woman. At least, from a teenager’s point of view. She could shut your mouth with a look and light up your life with a smile. She will be missed but I look forward to seeing her again soon. God bless the whole family. My prayers are with you all.

  4. So sorry to see this beautiful woman pass but know God saved a special place for her in heaven. Our love & prayers to the family.

  5. Joan will be remembered as graceful, happy, and always with a smile. I just had a lovely time at Bolivar Drive Baptist Church where her daughters became my friends. Praise the Lord for letting her touch my life. Her Sister in Christ, Kathy

  6. We had the pleasure and honor of working with Joan this year and she will surely be missed! Although we didn’t know her for very long, she was always a joy to have in our office, even when she was not doing well.

    We will continue to think of her fondly and hold your family in our prayers for comfort!

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