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Shirley Joanne Heriot

Birth Date: November 17, 1926
Death Date: October 17, 2018

Mrs. Joanne Heriot died peacefully at her daughter’s home on October 17, 2018. She is survived by her brother Matt Metz, daughters Debra Sparks and Geree McDirmitt, grandsons, Brian Sparks, Chad Macias; great-grandsons, Brooklyn, Nico, Decalin, and twenty-three cousins. Joanne was born in Wiota, Iowa on November 17, 1926. As a young child her father was laid off from his job and the family moved to San Diego looking for work. Her father quickly found work and they never left. Joanne graduated from San Diego High School in 1943 and married her high school sweetheart, Bob Heriot, in 1945. Her first daughter was born in 1946 and her second daughter 1950. After the girls started elementary school Joanne joined the school’s PTA. Eventually she became President of the school’s PTA and years later PTA Council President for San Diego County. She went to work for the Chairman of the San Diego County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She was working there when she met Mr. Harry Shildel, a San Diego County Supervisor and he offered her an executive position on his office staff. Mr. Shildel decided not to seek re-election and Joanne went to work for the incoming Supervisor. Joanne retired from the county in 1990 and the first thing she did was go out with Bob and buy a motor home. They did a lot of traveling, often taking grandsons with them. She enjoyed making various crafts, cooking, reading murder mysteries, sewing, and knitting. She made every child in the family (there are 11) a personally handmade quilt or a knitted baby blanket. Joanne loved her family, especially the little ones, and will be missed by all. Gravesite services will held at Fort Rosecrans on December 3, 2018 in Point Loma. There is a reception planned for another date at Marilyn and Dennis’s cabin, information will be available at the cemetery

Graveside Service
December 3, 2018
12:30 pm
- 1:00 pm
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive San Diego, CA 92106
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