OBITUARY: Joan Carolyn Avila |

OBITUARY: Joan Carolyn Avila

Joan Carolyn Avila passed away in her home in Rancho Mirage on Sunday, March 14, 2010 of complications from a series of illnesses.

Ms. Avila was born in Oakland, California to George Elmer and Beatrice Elizabeth Avila on October 27th, 1940. She was 69. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Avila of Rancho Mirage, CA.; brothers Kenneth (Anita) Avila of Lincoln, CA, James Avila, of South Lake Tahoe, CA, Richard (Chiye) Avila of Hercules, CA,; Nephews Jeffrey (Amy) Avila of Livermore, CA., Owen Avila of South Lake Tahoe, CA,; uncles John Blasquez of Hayward, CA. and Angelo (Rosemary) Blasquez, of Clayton, CA,; Aunt Mary Ann Julienne of Aptos, CA. and numerous cousins.

She also leaves behind two precious cats, Zoe Buffay and Regina “Reggie” (whose life she saved living under the Stateline post office where she was working at the time), who were a huge help during her illness.

Joan was raised in San Leandro, California and graduated from Bishop O’ Dowd high school in 1958.

In 1970 she moved to South Lake Tahoe, where she and her daughter resided until 2004. When she became ill, she relocated to the Palm Springs area where she remained until her death. She worked for the United States Postal Service on south shore for 23 years.

Joan had impeccable taste in everything she did and was very spiritual/metaphysical. She loved to learn new things, garden, travel, listen to most genres of music and read. She enjoyed documentaries and biographies, and loved Kiva Beach and the aspen trees there. She was an exceptional cook and enjoyed fine dining at many restaurants throughout the U.S. Her favorite restaurant was the Sage Room. She enjoyed spending many extended vacations in Hawaii (her favorite spot) and extensive traveling with her daughter. She was also very proud of her country. Her “home” was Lake Tahoe, but loved living the last 6 years of her life in the neighborhood where the Annenberg estate is as well as the late Frank Sinatra and former President Ford homes are, and her swimming pool, flowers and palm trees there.

Joan was cremated and a private “celebration of life” is planned for the summer in Lake Tahoe.

In her memory and in lieu of donations, her daughter requests that you spend one day engaged in random acts of kindness, love and selflessness to those in your life and whom you come into contact with. Joan will be deeply missed.

Online guestbook at (under Joan Avila)

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