Joan Reneé (Meakin) Tyler ascended from this life on Monday morning, February 7, 2022.
Joan was born to Joan (MacLachlan) Meakin and the late Jim Meakin on December 16, 1960 in Newton by the lake. Her family moved to Maynard where she built her life.
Joan's fierce love for her husband and for her children created the backbone of a life filled with love and laughter and adventure that will forever be her legacy. She centered her life around her family and her home. On her Porch Days, she showed everyone – her kids, their cousins, and their friends – how to love and learn. She taught them how to argue and forgive, when to persist and when to yield, how to do the right thing and how to get away with it when they didn't. The sign on her porch reads, "What happens on the porch, stays on the porch". She was a no nonsense mother to all.
Joan immersed herself in the lives of her children – volunteering in their classrooms, instructing baton, acting as a Cub Scout den leader – present and involved at every opportunity. As her children grew, she became a lunch lady at Maynard High so she could keep tabs on her kids, watching life lessons learned applied in real time.
She enjoyed the simple things. A hot cup of coffee, a day at the beach, and the warm sun on her face. The smell of fresh lilacs, birds at her feeders, and penuche fudge. Christmas time, Winnie the Pooh, and The Walking Dead. Yard sales, antique shops, and Erikson’s chocolate mint ice cream.
Joanie leaves her husband of 40 years, Leon, their son Joey, son James, son Bennett and wife Alyssa, and daughter Lauren and husband Sam Simmons.
Joan is survived by her mother, Joan Meakin, and her brother, Gary Meakin. She is predeceased by her father, Jim Meakin, and her brother, Neal Meakin. She also leaves behind a beloved tribe of nieces and nephews as well as her sisters Anita, Brenda, Amanda, Tracy, and Rachel.
Joan loved flowers. If you would like to contribute to her springtime garden, please call the Flower Pot in Maynard.
Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Tuesday, February 15 from 4:00-7:00PM at the Acton Funeral Home 470 Massachusetts Avenue (Rte. 111) Acton. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 16 at 11:00AM in St Bridget's Church, corner of Sudbury and Percival Streets Maynard. Interment will be private.
P.S. Come as you are.
Memorial page: www.actonfuneralhome.com