Joan Page, February 3rd, 1949– September 10th, 2020. Born in the Bronx, New York. daughter of George and Alice Mollenhauer, sister to Susan Playford. Survived by her children, Miranda Wilcox, Jason, Timothy, and Daniel Bourke. Joan grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. She attended Mercy College where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science. Working in the phlebotomy lab of an engineering firm, Joan met Mike Bourke. The two eventually married and she gave birth to two children, Jason and Miranda. Joan and Mike later moved to New Mexico, settling in the town of Mountainair; where she gave birth to two more children, Timothy, and Daniel. Her strong will knew no bounds as she gave birth to all four children—naturally—at home. She was a dedicated mother who worked hard to ensure that her children had the best well-rounded education she could provide. Joan pursued multiple interests throughout her life, including becoming the librarian for the town of Mountainair for several years. During that time, she completely renovated the interior and exterior of the local library, bringing new interest and life into the building. Her tireless efforts brought the bookmobile to town on a regular basis and introduced children of all ages to the wonders of reading. Joan was a social and vibrant person. She loved having conversations with people and brought life to any social gathering. Her commitment to service continued beyond the library and into the public-school system; where she became an elementary school teacher. It was here that she discovered her strong passion for teaching children. This passion led her to pursue a master’s degree at New Mexico Tech and provided her with a fulfilling career for multiple decades. Joan eventually left Mountainair but continued to teach at The Ranches in Bernardo, NM. Her passion for teaching and her patience with struggling learners provided a brighter future to generations of students that would otherwise have been lost to the system. Aside from teaching, Joan was an avid chocolatier, producing delectable products that she sold at local fairs. Her love of the macabre was well known, and a trip to her house during Halloween was always a treat for young children and adults alike. She was a devoted mother, teacher, and friend. Her absence has left the world a little duller and a lot quieter, but the inspiration and positivity that she brought to so many people’s lives, will continue to honor her memory. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., (505) 866-9992.
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