First appeared at Manchester General Hospital on November 4th,1932 and spent her early childhood and adolescent years growing up and attending all girls' schools in Cheshire England. The most memorable event was being evacuated to Anglesea with sister Bunty and Nana and having to live in an abandoned gate house without running water or electricity during World War Two. Water was acquired by the bucket and carried home each morning and evening. The frequent bombing raids, and later, V-1 and V-2 rocket barrages, forced the relocation of thousands of children and elders. Joan emigrated to the US in 1955 and first settled in Denver and later moved to Aurora, CO. Almost daily views of the Rockies was the backdrop for planning the activities that would provide the greatest returns for her family. The moment arrived for what each person was waiting for: orders for a reassignment "home" to Oahu. On arriving at Hickam Terminal and smelling the Plumeria and the flower leis at the lei sellers' stands, Joan declared "I'm home at last !" to everyone, and broke into tears of joy. Except for a two year tour of duty to Taipei and a year on a sabbatical to Portland, Joan spent a total of 52 years "living Hawaii" Joan immersed herself in volunteering in the community to learn all aspects of "living Hawaii." Joan volunteered in the classes her children attended. Eventually she began volunteering in the community including Waimano Home, Red Cross at Tripler, old Kaiser Hospital on Ala Moana, the new Kaiser at Moanalua, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and Hawaii Literacy. Joan also liked to visit different churches to observe and later attend those favored, including twenty years at Keauhou Church and later attended Hope Chapel Honolulu. Joan is survived by partner and husband of 64 years Solomon W. Wong; son Keith R. Wake of Medical Lake, WA; daughters Susan (Peter) Hummel of Kaneohe, Hawaii; Roberta (Robin)(Jeff Cotter)Wong of Kailua, Hawaii; Laura J Wong of Kamuela and Na'alehu, Hawaii; and Lynne (Rene) Adams of Kamuela, and Whidbey Island WA. Grandchildren include Brian Wake of Coldert, WA; Dr. SarahJeanne Wong-Goodrich of Manhasset, NY; Brandy DeAngelo and Brittney Wake of Spokane WA; Kamren Adams and Malea Adams of Whidbey Island, WA. Lastly, there are 8 great grandchildren residing in either Manhasset or Spokane. Graveside Services will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on July 19th, at 11:30 a.m.
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