Former Steamboat Springs resident Joan "AJ" Warren Lewis passed away Aug. 5, 2005, in the presence of those who loved and cared for her, at her home in Albuquerque, N.M. She was 66.
Joan was born July 2, 1939, to Forrest and Ruth (McCartney) Warren in Ord, Neb. Her early childhood was deeply rooted in Ord.
In 1951, Joan's family moved to Steamboat, where she graduated from high school and married Edward D. Hunt. Joan and Ed later settled in Tacoma, Wash., where she became the first female to attend Tacoma Police Academy in the 1960s. Joan graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and had a successful career as a policeofficer.
Joan later was married to Robert E. Lewis. They made their home in Tacoma.
Joan continued to "blossom" as a person and developed many of her interests and talents, including master gardening, truck driving, calligraphy and an irresistible joy for cooking. Her cooking led her to write a food column for the Las Cruces, N.M., newspaper. Joan's gardening cleverness will be featured in Outdoor Living Idea Book, available March 2006.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents and her husband and soul mate, Robert E. Lewis.
Joan is survived by two daughters, Lauren K. Hunt of Tacoma, and Shaunna M. Hunt, of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother, Bill Warren, and his wife, Kirsten, of Burwell, Neb.; four nephews, William Warren of Colorado, and Doug, Jeff and Brett Warren of Nebraska; an aunt, Irene Ingraham, of Burwell, Neb., an uncle, Clifford Vorm, of Oregon; and numerous cousins.
Funeral services for Joan were held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13, 2005, at Ord Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Ord City Cemetery.