|2/5/2020 10:33:00 AM|
JoAn Bakker, 85, of Westbrook, died Jan. 16, 2020, at her daughter's home in Costa Mesa, Calif.
She was cremated and her ashes will be buried at a later date at Wes's gravesite at the Jeffers Cemetery in rural Jeffers.
JoAn Louise Parker was born July 12, 1934, to Rex and Fay (Fox) Parker in San Bernardino, Calif. She grew up in the California communities of Colton and Huntington Beach and graduated from Colton Union High School in 1952.
She attended Woodbury College in Los Angeles, but left school to start a family with John McKinney, her high school sweetheart.
After two children, they divorced and JoAn moved to Huntington Beach with her children, Joel and Jill.
Wes Bakker, a cousin to John McKinney's mother, Aileen, came from Minnesota to California to spend time during the winter, helping his cousin with her work with the Pacific Coast Archeological Society. Wes and JoAn met and after a lengthy, long-distance romance, they married in 1975 in Laguna Beach, Calif.
JoAn and her two youngest children joined Wes on his farm near Westbrook. She embraced the life of a farm wife, helping Wes raise hogs, chickens, ducks and cats, while tending the house and garden.
JoAn battled cancer late in life and, following the death of her husband in 2019, spent her last days in California with her daughter, Jill, and near her youngest son, Eric.
Over the years, JoAn enjoyed cooking, took up basket weaving and bee-keeping and, with Wes, collected Indian artifacts and weigh-scales. She and Wes also were involved with work at the Jeffers Petroglyphs and Westbrook Heritage House Museum.
JoAn self-published later in life and was writing several books at the time of her death.
She will be remembered as a support for friends, for always having her home open to others and helping others see a little differently and more creatively.
In addition to her husband Wes, JoAn was preceded in death by a grandson, Liam McKinney.
Survivors include her children: Joel McKinney of Walnut Grove; Jill McKinney of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and Eric (Dawn) Bakker of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Clough of Highland, Calif.