Joan Theresa Shonnard Obituary – The Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News

Joan Theresa Shonnard

Reno – Joan Theresa Shonnard died peacefully on May 13 at her home in Reno, Nevada, accompanied by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Claibourne (Clay) Parker Shonnard and leaves her seven children – Mark, David (Gisela), Neal (Mary), John (Cynthia), Ann (Tom), Keith (Tracy) and Paul (Lys), by a bevy of children-in-law, by 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, one of whom is being treated.

She graduated from the University of Louisville (KY) in 3 years and was the class secretary, while her brother-in-law JP Kearns (deceased) was the class president. She married Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1948, worked to pay his medical school fees, moved their family to Detroit for Clay’s residency, then to Anaconda, Montana in 1957, and finally to Reno-Sparks in 1965.

She has maintained an active role in the Reno art community for over 50 years, being a member of the Nevada Museum of Art, the Portrait Workshop Studio, and the Sierra Watercolor Society, and has distributed a number of her works throughout Reno. She was an accomplished pilot and member of the women’s aviation club of The 99s, and a long-standing parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

She was passionate about Nevada, the outdoors and her family. She and Clay enjoyed travel and adventures in the ski and outdoors, often on a private plane. She continued to ski for over 50 years into her mid-80s, winning many local races, often as the only competitor in her age group. She took part in daily skiing activities on Mount Rose-Slide Mountain for many decades.

Joan was devoted to her family and made it a point to take each of her grandchildren on a special ski trip, one a year, until she couldn’t anymore. These trips were very enriching – making memories with her and her grandchildren

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Everyone is welcome to attend the funeral, and a life event announcement will be released later in the summer.

Posted online on May 14, 2022

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal

Leave a Comment