Joan L. Shields
In the ocean front city of Long Beach, California, Joan Lorraine Shields was born in 1946 to the parents of Paul Shields and Eliza Estes Hill. Joan attended Lincoln Elementary School, Franklin Jr. High School and Long Beach Poly High School. Joan enjoyed her High School experience and studied secretarial and business classes. When Joan was 19 years old she enrolled in modeling school and studied fashion and make-up artistry. During her studies Joan learned how to dress and present herself for every occasion. She also learned etiquette and protocol at the highest level which became part of her demeanor for life.
Joan is survived by her Sister Elaine Cathirell of Sacramento, California, her Brothers George Estes of Long Beach, California and Gregory Paul Shields of Compton, CA. Her niece Terri C. Kirkland, Rochelle Estes, Cherice Fraine and nephews Ethell Cathirell Jr., Dorian Estes and George Estes III and a host of other cousins and relatives. Preceding her in death are her parents Paul Shields, Eliza Estes Hill and her brother Roby Estes Jr.
Joan moved to Denver, CO from Long Beach, CA in 1978. She started her new life in Denver working for the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), which provides retirement and other benefits to State employees. Joan worked as a Micro-Film Technician at PERA for over 10 years. Joan went on to work for ING, a global bank which has a strong European base with financial institutions in over 40 countries. Her tenure at ING spanned over 15 years. Because of Joan’s love of travel she often worked two jobs to include Mervyns’ Department Stores and Dillard’s.
Joan’s enjoyed several international trips to places like Mexico, Japan, China, Virgin Islands, Cabo San Lucas, Jamaica West Indies and so many other locations. She loved exploring new places and experiencing different cultures.
Prior to Joan’s illness she attended church regularly at First Baptist Church of Aurora. She loved Sunday morning service and always encouraged others to attend with her.
Joan had a wide circle of friends that enjoyed visiting and traveling with her. She loved to cook, shop, listen to music, travel, plan events, and attend concerts. Joan never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone she came in contact with. Joan lived a rich and rewarding life that created many wonderful memories for her and those that adored and loved her. She will be missed but never forgotten.