Joan Sutcliffe Thies

April 13, 2009

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Joan Thies

Joan Thies

Joan Sutcliffe Thies, of Issaquah, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Timber Ridge. She was 81.A memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2009, at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. A private inurnment will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, Calif.

Joan was born June 8, 1927, in Burnley, England, to John and Jane Sutcliffe. She was raised in Burnley, where she attended local schools. 

During World War II, Joan worked at a local airbase, where she met Louis W. Thies. On Nov. 8, 1947, they were married in Dayton, Ohio.  They lived in Dayton until 1957, when they moved to Palos Verdes, Calif. In 1972, they settled in San Diego. In 2005, six years after the death of her husband, she moved to Issaquah to be closer to her son and family.

Joan’s passions included travel, tennis, playing bridge and spending time with her family. In her leisure time, she also enjoyed gardening and floral arranging. 

Joan is remembered by her family as a loving wife and mother who possessed a generous and fun loving spirit. Always the bright spot in the room, she used her finely tuned social acumen to make others feel special. Joan also took great pleasure in remembering the birthday or other special occasion of her family and friends with a card or present.

Survivors include her abiding son Gregory and his wife Karen, of Sammamish; siblings John Sutcliffe, of Lancashire, England, and Joyce Houghton, of Southern California; three grandchildren; and a host of extended family members. 

Joan was preceded in death by her husband Louis in 1999.

Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to get directions, view photos and share memories in the family’s online guestbook at

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