Joan was born on November 20, 1934, to Violet and John Lundquist of Hibbing, MN.
Joan studied at the University of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy. Whilst studying at the ‘U’ Joan met Po Myaya, a medical doctor from Burma (Myanmar). They married in 1959 and, following the birth of their first child, lived in Rangoon (Yangon) for several years before returning to the Twin Cities and settling in Roseville where they raised their four children. When all their kids were settled in college, Joan returned to work as a physical therapist at Bethesda Hospital. They moved to Little Canada after they retired, and Joan lived there until her death.
Joan was proud of her children and grandchild and actively supported their education and recreational activities as they were growing up. Joan maintained strong friendships with people from all parts of her life: Hibbing, college, work, Burma, Roseville, and Little Canada. She loved cooking, baking, entertaining, traveling and socializing. Joan was an avid reader, which contributed to her wisdom and broad perspective on life. She enjoyed meeting new people through various groups: gardening, quilting, golfing, and a book group to name a few. She was a member of Roseville Lutheran Church. With Po, she helped Burmese families and students new to the United States to settle into their new lives in the Twin Cities. Joan was extremely practical, determined, and realistic – qualities that contributed to her ability to retain her independence as she grew older and her health became more fragile. She will be remembered for her warmth, kindness, understanding and insight. She will be dearly missed but will be held in the hearts of her family and many friends.
Preceded in death by her husband, Po Myaya. Joan is survived by her children, Susan (Tom Holmes), John, Mary (Graeme Hobbs) and Lisa (Tom Dickson); and grandchild, Evan Holmes.
The family invites family and friends to an open house memorial to celebrate Joan’s life and to mark her death from 1-3 PM Tuesday, June 20 at Cedarholm Golf Course, 2323 Hamline Avenue N., Roseville.
If needed, overflow parking can be found across the street at Grace Church (2334 Hamline Avenue N.)
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Roseville Lutheran Church Outreach Ministries, Literacy Minnesota, Open Arms of Minnesota, or a charity of the donor’s choice.