Obituary: Joan Stubblefield |

Obituary: Joan Stubblefield

Joan Stubblefield, born Joan Kilbourne Breeden, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, at her home in Grass Valley, Calif.

Joan was born in Beverly Hills, Calif., in October 1931, the eldest child of John Norton Breeden and Kathryn Kilbourne Breeden. The family moved to Saratoga, Calif. where Joan spent her childhood. In the early 1950s Joan married and raised three daughters in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joan arranged her life to live and enjoy many parts of California and Oregon during her life’s journey. After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoying the benefits of the living in the city (Opera House, Box H and Trader Vic’s to name a few), and the suburbs, learning to love horses and dogs, and attending Stanford University as a pre-med student, and San Jose State obtaining her Masters in Biology, it was time for her to move on to a new phase in her life.

In the Santa Cruz Mountains and in Oregon she learned much and taught many about goat ranching, baking bread, composting, candle making, astrology and gardening. As busy as she was, Joan spent many hours volunteering for the auxiliary in the Emergency Room, a practice she continued until months before her death.

After Oregon, Joan moved to Santa Barbara to enjoy life without 5 a.m. calls to the barn, but the lure of the country called her once more. She moved to Arroyo Grande, where she used her gardening skills and love of dogs and nature to create a new life running a dog kennel.

After the death of her beloved friend Helgola, she felt her love of medicine and her caring nature could be put to good use as a Hospice Worker volunteer for many years. Country life got challenging once more and Joan moved to the Sierras, eventually to Grass Valley, because of its natural beauty and sense of community.

Joan is survived by her daughters, Janet Fjeldstad of San Francisco, Hilary Baldi of San Francisco, Lynn Altieri of Truckee, Calif.; grandchildren, Christi Jackson of South San Francisco, Sarah Fjeldstad of Portland, Ore., Louisa Baldi of San Francisco, Kat Altieri and Lauren Altieri of Truckee; nieces Jennifer Larson and Dori Ives and their children. She was dearly loved by all her family and dear friends.

Joan has been laid to rest along side her brother Marshall and father John at the Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma, Calif.

Memorial services will be held Jan. 22, 2009 at noon, Nobel Chapel, Cypress Lawn, Colma, Calif. A reception will follow The Cliff House at 2 p.m.

A separate service for Joan’s local friends and colleagues will be held. Memorial reception will be held Jan. 24, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Eskaton Village, 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley, Calif.

Donations to American Hospice Foundation are preferred over flowers.

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