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Joan Meech


Joan Meech

On March 9, 2015, Joan Renae Meech got her angel wings after a bravely fought battle with ovarian cancer.

Joan was born on September 19, 1960 in Las Animas, CO to Jerry and Linda (Havens) Bruton. She spent her early years living there with her older brother Mike until the family moved to Toppenish , WA In 1963. Joan attended school in Toppenish where she graduated in 1979. After graduating, she attended business college in Seattle, WA in the fall and while there she met Dennis Lee Meech and they were wed on December 8, 1979 in Toppenish.

Joan and Dennis started their life together in Dennis' hometown, Goldendale, WA. They welcomed their first child, a son, Ryan Lee, on June 22, 1982. The family grew again on August 30, 1983, with the birth of their first daughter, Denielle Lynn. Three years later, on September 19, 1986, girls would outnumber the boys in the Meech family, with the birth of their daughter Brandi Michelle. The number of girls would only increase and in 1997, Joan and Dennis would foster Chelsea Miller, forever making her a member of the Meech Family.

Family was always very important to Joan and she loved documenting her family's memories with scrapbooks and photography. She was happiest surrounded by her children and grandchildren, camera in hand to capture the special moments, whether it was a sporting event, a school program, or an impromptu photoshoot. She also enjoyed spending time with her cousins, whom she had a special bond with. They enjoyed sampling wine, visiting the beach, and getting together for family gatherings that were always full of childhood stories. Family was what Joan loved, and she always put the needs of her family before everything else. She was an amazing mother, wife, daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Dennis Meech; her daughter Denielle (Brad) Seaver and their sons, Riley and Braxton of Goldendale; her daughter, Brandi (Chris) Norris and their daughter, Jenna of Portland; her daughter Chelsea Miller and her children, Brooklyn and Mason of Vancouver; her mother, Linda Bruton of Goldendale; her brother , Mike (Suzanne) Bruton of Rexburg, ID, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Wallace Bruton , her son, Ryan Lee Meech and her grandparents.

A celebration of Joan's life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the New Life Assembly of God Church, 1602 S Columbus, Goldendale, WA 98620.


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