To know Joan was to love her because she left a sparkle wherever she went. She had a sharp wit, an irresistible sense of humor and a fiery love for life. The world was a better place with her in it.
She was born to Emerson Watts and Gertrude Kelly Watts on January 25, 1926 in Belen, NM, and she had one older brother, Dale (deceased). They moved to Louisville, KY when Joan was five, where she grew up with her brother Dale and her cousin Forest.
Joan met her husband Lt. Val Senavsky “where the pigs has wings” on the Tennessee-Kentucky border on a chilly January night in 1945. They fell in love, moved to Calif. after Val returned from the war, and were married 67 years. Val died in December of 2013.
Val and Joan had three children Steve (Katie), Mark, and Buff (Tim), five grandchildren Nikolas, Carolyn (Jeff), Leah (Dan), Christine, and Valerie, and nine great-grandchildren. Joan loved her family unconditionally and raised us with her whole heart and soul. Joan was a one-of-a-kind, gem of a woman and is greatly missed by all who knew her.
Until we are all together again, we’ll meet you in our dreams