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Joan Marie (Sharp) Buchholz

June 21, 1934 ~ August 28, 2019 (age 85)

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Joan Marie Buchholz, 85, of Baker City, Oregon passed away on August 28, 2019.  She was interred at Montecito Memorial Park in Colton, CA on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  

Joan was born in Upland, California, on June 21, 1934, to Everett Raymond (Sr.) and Elda Elora Sharp. She grew up on a chicken ranch on Citrus Avenue in the middle of orange groves. She attended Mission Elementary School, Redlands Junior High, and Redlands High-School. As a teen, she worked at Woolworths at the fountain and JC Penneys in the stockroom. After high school, Joan got a job at Grand Central as a secretary.

Joan attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelors in Education. She then took a job in Rancho Cucamonga at Central Elementary and with the Adult Education Program two nights a week. There she got reacquainted with her 9th-grade typing teacher Arthur Buchholz. They married on September 5, 1958, in a beautiful backyard ceremony at their home on Farview Lane (Redland, California). Joan became a homemaker when her four daughters were born.

She enjoyed baking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and many other crafts. Her life was built around her home and family. Joan lived her life to the fullest, always lending a hand of service and a smile and listening ear to others. Her generosity will not be forgotten. She attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved serving in the Primary, as the ward organist, and in the genealogy library. In 2016, she could no longer live alone and moved to Baker City, Oregon to live with a daughter.

In Baker City, she found a community that took the time to visit and help her enjoy life. She was recently able to return to Redlands for her RHS 65th class reunion and to visit Catalina Island.

She is survived by her older sister, Mary Kathryn Kocherhans and younger brother, Everett Raymond Sharp Jr., daughters Marilyn (Jim) MacKay, Kathryn (David) Holt, Patricia (Christopher) Sanbom, and Sara (Richard) Schmid. She has 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. 

Joan was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband, and grandson.

We'd like to thank the following people for the care they gave my mom. Debye Raines (Redlands), Brenda Dix, Jordann Griffin, LaCinda Thackeray, and The Heart 'n Home hospice team. Special thanks to Lettye (her CNA caregiver) and Jeanne (her nurse) for 20 months of loving care and service.


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