Joan R. Pryor, passed away August 10, 2013 following a long illness and had been on kidney dialysis for 20 years. She was born August 24, 1937 in Medford, Ore. to Lloyd and Patti Bennett. Joan was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
She was an accomplished artist, studying with marine artist George E. Lee. She trained for 10 years in martial arts and was the first woman in Southern Oregon to earn a 2nd degree Black Belt in Judo and JuJitsu. She became a Ham Radio Operator in 1978 (KA7AZS), advancing to Extra Class. She served for eight years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for the Prospect, Ore. ambulance service. She retried from the U.S. Forest Service in 1993 after 12 years of service.
She leaves behind her husband of 51 years, Loren, of Hayes, Va.; sons, Randy (Jill), of Virginia and Ryan (Jeri), of Florida; granddaughters, Cierra and Shasta, of Florida and Jalen and Kiley, of Virginia; sister, Kathy, of Oregon; and numerous cousins in Oregon and Canada.
The family would like to give special thanks to Riverside Walter Reed Hospice for their special care. Andrews Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 804-693-2366.