Joan Marie Waters

October 7, 1955 ~ October 21, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Joan Waters Obituary

Joan Marie Waters was born on October 7, 1955, in Pendleton, Oregon, to Jerry and Marthella Waters.
and passed away on October 21, at a care facility in Pendleton, after a valiant four-year battle with
Joan grew up on a dairy farm in Stanfield, Oregon, where her family raised and showed registered
Brown Swiss cattle. At one time, Joan personally owned a national winner, her Lightning cow.
After graduating from Stanfield High School, Joan moved to Pendleton and attended Blue Mountain
Community College where she played on the eighth place nationally ranked women’s basketball team
under the coaching of Berniece Bigham. To this day, she has maintained contact with several players on
that team. After graduating from Blue Mountain, Joan headed for OCE, in Monmouth, where she played
on the basketball, volleyball, and field hockey teams.
After graduation, Joan bought a gingerbread cottage in Salem, Oregon, worked for Boise Cascade for
nearly 30 years, and more recently, after working for nearly 15 years, Joan retired from ODEC, the
Oregon Driving Education Center, where she worked as Scheduling Manager, Web Designer, and IT
Manager. Joan loved animals, especially her cats. During her fight with glioblastoma, the first thing she
would ask when someone visited her was how her cats were.
From the moment Joan was diagnosed with glioblastoma, she was determined to beat the cancer. She
fought for four years, and never once did she complain or feel sorry for herself. Her fight was made
possible by the large number of friends, coworkers, her bosses, and neighbors who cared for and helped
her. Joan and her family owe a huge debt of thanks to those people who stood behind her, selflessly
giving of their time, energy, and money.
Joan moved back to Pendleton in early October to spend her last few weeks with her cousin, Tracy, who
was more like a sister than cousin. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Marthella
Waters, her brother, Ted, and half-sister, Rosemary Anderson. She is survived by her best friend, Chrisr
Wood, numerous cousins, and her Salem “family.” A Celebration of Life will take place in late spring of
2024 in Salem, Oregon.

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