Porter, IN resident, Joan M. Shields, 87, of Gig Harbor, WA, passed away
peacefully with family by her side on June 25, 2018 in Tacoma, WA.
Born April 28, 1931
in Chicago, IL, Joan married Archibald Douglas “Buzzy” Shields December 8,
1951, and started their family in the Italian neighborhood on Chicago’s
south side. Joan worked as an elevator operator at the Palmer House in
Chicago while her husband served in the Army in Korea. Joan and Buzzy moved
their family to Porter, IN, in 1962, where she was an active member and
leader in the Women of the Moose and supported the Boy Scouts for all of her
sons. Joan was elected as the first female council member of the Town of
Porter in 1979. She was proud of this work and continued to be re-elected as
councilwoman, lastly in 1995. She left public office in 1997, when she and
Buzzy retired to Washington State to be closer to family.
Joan is survived by
her sister, Marlene Meads, four sons, Douglas, Donald (Terry Miller), David,
and Darin (Julie), three granddaughters, Samantha Dolese (Michael), Aurora
Shields, and Frances Shields, and three great-grandchildren, Jesse, Ivy, and
She is preceded in
death by her beloved husband, Archibald Douglas Shields, brother, Jack Hill,
sister-in-law, Lilian Hill, and sisters Dolores Merolla and Charlene Swedum.
Joan will be
remembered for her love of family and friends as well as her animated
stories, delicious meals and welcoming household. There was always room at
her table for another friend and thanks to “Joannie,” friends of all four
sons called the Shields house “home”.
No services will be
held. Joan and Buzzy’s ashes will be scattered by family in the San Juan
Islands in Washington.
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