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Joan Elizabeth Allen December 13, 1933 - April 13, 2024

Joan Allen, after bravely struggling with dementia, died peacefully in Friday Harbor where she lived for the last few years of her life. Joan had a wonderful sense of humor, quick wit and loved to laugh. We are forever grateful for the love and care from the staff, volunteers and residents at the Village at the Harbor Assisted Living Home.

She loved her two sons, her grandchildren and great grandchildren who brought joy into her life. Her favorite things to do were going to the beach, walking with her dogs and especially visiting with friends and family. She was attuned with nature and spending time outdoors brought her peace.

She was born December 13, 1933 in Seattle Washington to Thomas Sargent Lippy Allen and Dorothea Elizabeth Johnson. She grew up in Washington Park, Seattle and would summer on Mercer Island getting there by ferry from Leschi. She and her family moved to Mercer Island in 1951. She attended Garfield High School then the University of Washington. She married James A Waite, had two sons, and moved back to Mercer island. She was a strong independent young woman who raised her sons on her own after her divorce. She always said, “they were her pride and joy and her greatest accomplishment.” She was very proud of her sons and the lives they made for themselves.

Joan worked as a woman's exercise teacher, lifeguard and swim instructor at Semena Swim Club and Recreation Center in Lake Hills Washington. When her sons were school-aged she took a job at Fredrick and Nelson Department store in downtown Seattle as an executive secretary. From there she moved to Bayley Construction Co. in Seattle’s downtown office as their executive secretary. After spending many years working in Seattle she worked as a receptionist for the Mercer Island Reporter. Joan especially enjoyed this work, always personable and professional and loved learning and getting to know new people.

Joan was a generous yet private person. Not many people knew that when her son Gordy needed a kidney transplant she donated one of hers and “never thought anything of it.” As an organ donor she made gift baskets for other transplant patients and their families that she donated to the Swedish Transplant Clinic.

Joan is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Karin Pangborn and brother-in-law James R. Pangborn and brother Sargent Allen. She is survived by her oldest son Jim Waite and daughter-in-law Cindy and her youngest son Gordy Waite and daughter-in-law Sally, five grandchildren; Melissa Waite, Tamara Geddes (Kyle), Joshua Waite (Misty), Hannah Lawson (Parker) and Sam Waite, and their families which include eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two nephews Jim Pangborn (Kelly), Tom Pangborn (Amy) and their families, as well as a sister-in-law, Carol Allen. She loved all of her family dearly.

Joan was deeply loved. We will miss her and her warm smile, cheerful outlook and her welcoming nature.