Joan Beth Brown (nee Silverman) passed away peacefully on July 24, 2019, at age 80. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Sylvia and Nathan Silverman, Joan grew up in Warren, Ohio.

In 1960, she married James H. Brown, her husband of 59 years, and lived in Shaker Heights.

Joan is survived by her husband; her daughter, Amy Brown; her son, Dan Miller (Carla) Brown; her grandchildren Sofie, Jordan, Casey and Lincoln; and her sister Susie (David) Askanase.

Joan was known by everyone that met her as a quiet, caring person, whose soul shown through a body that was often filled with struggle.

Whether cooking, painting or acting, Joan was a creative person, always seeing the best in life and others, and sharing that through her art.

She attained an undergraduate and master’s degree at The Ohio State University. She worked as a teacher and later as the business owner for the family photo finishing business, Computer Color Lab, all while raising her two children.

Joan was well known at both The Reutlinger Community and Seacrest Village nursing homes in California. She participated in many activities including annual theater productions, and was president of the residents’ board and various art programs. Her masterpieces were honored and displayed four years in a row in the San Francisco Art with Elders Showcase.

Joan gave her all in everything she did, fighting a debilitating disease, Parkinson’s, for more than 30 years. A battler, Joan rarely complained about her physical limitations and never had self-pity.

All who knew her experienced her kind, gentle soul, which we will remember always.

Contributions in loving memory of Joan can be made to The Reutlinger Community, with a special notation for the Art Program, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville, CA 94506.