Joan Buell

Joan Buell

1938 - 2020

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Obituary of Joan Buell

Joan Buell died August 19, 2020 from complications with dementia. Service: Due to COVID-19, the memorial service will be family only. Memorials; In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association of North Central Texas. Joan was born March 25, 1938 to Dr. and Mrs. John W. Tottenham, Jr, of Fort Worth. She met her husband, Jim, in Dayton, Ohio, when they were both students; she at Christian College, and he at the University of Missouri. They were married June 20th, 1959, at University Christian Church in Fort Worth. Joan attended the University of Texas during Jim’s final year of graduate school. After their wedding Jim served three years in the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, while Joan finished her college education at the University of Dayton. They moved back to Fort Worth in 1962. Joan was active throughout their married life, serving as a docent at Amon Carter Museum for over 10 years, president of the Tanglewood PTA, The Canwick Club, Rejebian Book Club, and Spectrum Section of the Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, in addition to raising their two sons, Paul and Brad. She loved playing tennis, and she was also an accomplished pastel artist, winning many awards at Woman’s Club art shows. Sheltie dogs have been a source of fun and comfort throughout their married life, and more recently a black Cocker Spaniel named Shadow was the light of Joan’s life. Survivors; Joan is survived by her loving husband, Jim; sons Paul, and his wife Violet, and Brad, and his wife Julie; four grandchildren: Amanda Buell, Sarah Vondra and husband Patrick, James Buell and wife Tiffany, and Martha Buell; and a great-granddaughter, Bethany Kay Vondra.