Joan Silva, 85, went to rest with the Lord on December 14, 2020, surrounded by her family following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She resided in Brookings, Oregon for the past seven years after moving from the Bay Area where she had lived for over 30 years.
She was born October 26, 1935 in Oakland, California, to Charles and Carolyn Listman.
Joan was a mother to all who knew her, as she was often referred to as “Mama Silva”. Sewing, music, collecting black bears, butterflies and shopping for flowers were some of Joan’s passions. Joan’s greatest joy was her family and gifts of caring for others. She had a natural ability to help others, and her door was always open for a meal, celebration, or just to lend an ear of support. To many, she was a role model of kindness, caring and compassion; she will be missed by many that knew her.
Joan is survived by her husband Robert Silva, to whom she was married for 57 years; a son Kevin (Laurie) Silva of Fremont, California; a daughter Karen Brooks of Brookings; daughter Debra Nieto of Ceres, California; a daughter Lori Cook of Arcadia, Indiana. She is also survived by 1 nephew, 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Reis.
A Mass will be held at 4:30 p.m. on January 9, 2021 at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 820 Old County Road, Brookings, Oregon. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Freemont, California.
Cremation is under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel, Brookings.