A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. for Joan Irene Gill, 84. Rev. Tom White will officiate the service. Joan was born on March 22, 1932 in Long Beach and passed away on January 26, 2017 in Bakersfield. From 1959 to 1966 she was employed at the Westside District Hospital, 1966 to 1975 she worked for Dr. Bitzer, Dr. Tarr and Dr. Tang, and from 1975 to 1992 she operated Cottage Antiques and J’s Antiques before retiring in 1993. Joan most enjoyed her grandchildren, scrapbooking, antique auctions and Dodger games. She was a member of the Soroptimist Club. Joan was preceded in death by her mother and father, Georgia and William Beeson; her son, Douglas Ray Gill and by her brother, Steve Putnam. She is survived by her husband of almost 67 years, Jack; her son, Greg and his financee, Tina; her brother, Donald Beeson; her grandchildren, Amanda Gill Benskin and her husband, Dean, Jessy and her husband, Scott Hedlund, Justin Gill, John Paul Bennett and his wife, Kari; her great-grandchildren, Eliza and Delila Benskin and Kailee, Addison and Emma Bennett; many nieces, nephews and very dear friends, including her special caretaker, Susan Wagner. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To sign an online registry please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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