Joan was born May 16, 1925 in Eastleigh, England and was the youngest of 10 children. Joan started working in 1939 at the very young age of 14 for Varnes Butcher Shop on High Street in Eastleigh. After 5 years, Joan moved on to work at Pirelli General Cable Works for 3 years and finally Prices Bakery for another 3 years. During the war years she met and fell in love with George, a young US Army Corporal. They married in 1944. Following several years residing in France while George was stationed overseas, Joan arrived in America in 1956 with her two oldest children, Robert and Linda. In 1960 Joan and George welcomed their youngest child Bryan. Joan followed George as he was stationed in various parts of the United States, eventually settling in Mantua, New Jersey in 1967. In later years Joan worked at Columbia records in Pitman, NJ. From 1987-2007 she was employed at her last and most rewarding and loved position at the Gloucester County Abilities Center in Westville, NJ working with special needs adults and children.
Joan is survived by her sons Robert Alls (Maryann), Bryan Alls; her daughter Linda Brogan (John); her grandchildren Heather Sullivan (Joe), Ian Brogan (Hollen), and Samantha Alls; and her great grandson Ronin Brogan. Joan is also survived by her sister Ruby Mowbray, age 101, and numerous nephews and nieces in England and Australia.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband, George Alls, and by her 2 sisters and 6 brothers.
Joan’s family has decided to postpone a formal celebration of life until 2021. At that time, Joan’s remains will be interred with her husband, George, at the General Doyle Veterans Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ, or the Wounded Warrior Project.