Joan Elizabeth LeBlanc, 80, of Taylor passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017, with her family by her side. She had battled illness valiantly, with a positive attitude and a love of life. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 15, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Centennial Building, 880 North Centennial Blvd. in Taylor, with Bishop Keith Fish officiating. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, at Silver Creek Mortuary in Taylor. Another viewing will be one hour before the funeral at the church. She will be laid to rest on top of her wonderful husband Ted in the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery.
She was born June 15, 1936, in Monrovia, Calif., to Lloyd and Mildred Seitz Clark. When she was two years old, her parents divorced. They lived in Monrovia until her mother remarried on July 24, 1942, and they moved to Temple City, where she acquired a wonderful stepfather, Bill Biddle, and a stepsister, Margaret Coreen Biddle. In 1944 they moved back to Monrovia, where she spent all of her growing up years.
Joan married Robert Lewis “Bob” Noble on Aug. 8, 1953. They lived for two years in Oceanside, Calif., while Bob was in the Marines. During these years Robert Michael and Timothy William were born. They returned to Monrovia upon Bob’s discharge. Three more children, Jeffrey Steven, Kari Ellen and Brian Gregory, were born while there. Bob and Joan were divorced in 1963. At that time Joan began a working career and over the years worked in banking, termite control, medicine and with the Monrovia Police Department.
In 1968 she married Leland Cass and spent 20 horrid years in a marriage that should never have happened. They were divorced in 1988. Joan continued working in the medical field, at that time at Glendale Memorial Hospital. In 1990 she left Glendale Memorial and started working at City of Hope National Medical Center, where she was secretary in the virology and infectious diseases division.
She married again in 1993, to Ted LeBlanc. Due to a stroke, Ted was paralyzed on the left side of his body. She retired from City of Hope in 1998, and she and Ted traveled all over the United States in their motor home for the next two years. They looked for a perfect place to live and found it in Taylor, where they bought a home with a guest house for her mother, Mildred Biddle.
She leaves three sons, Mike (Beth) Noble of Riverside, Calif., Tim Noble of Taylor and Jeff Noble of Taylor; a daughter, Kari (Steve) Diehl of Taylor; 25 grandchildren; and 63 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred and Bill Biddle, and Lloyd Clark; one son, Brian Gregory Noble; and two daughters-in-law, Robin Noble and Patty Noble.
Her family was the greatest joy of her life. To have her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with her was just like Heaven, according to her.
After nine years of retirement, Joan went to work at Silver Creek Mortuary in 2007.
Joan never met a stranger in her life and loved everyone. Her friends knew that they were loved.
She always loved music, and was in school and church choirs and sang with Silver Creek Community Choir after coming to Taylor.
Joan was a woman who loved all kinds of crafts. She loved to sew, scrapbook, paint and crochet, and had a lovely studio in which to do her crafts. She spent most of the last years of her life trying to organize the craft room. She always wished that she had taken a speed reading class so she could read more books because of her love of them.
She joined the LDS church in 1970 in California and served in most organizations in the church. She was in Primary, Young Women’s and Relief Society, serving for several years as a teacher in Relief Society. Probably her favorite was Young Women’s, as she felt it such a privilege to be an influence in the lives of those young women that she loved so much. At the time of her death she had just been released as Relief Society chorister. She also was a temple ordinance worker and worked in the temple office.
She has been very grateful to live in Taylor among her many wonderful friends in Taylor and Snowflake.