Joann Lorraine Reams, 67, passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2019 at the beautiful Brun’s House, in Alamo, Calif. She was born on May 19, 1951 in Alameda to her parents, Jack and Lorraine Eschen. She was always advanced for her age, walking around at 9 months and potty trained herself at 10 months old.
As a young girl, she really enjoyed playing with her dolls, taking care of her little brother, dressing up, cooking and hanging with her best friend Claudette. She attended Washington High School in Fremont for almost all of her high school years, but received her G.E.D. from Pacific High School in Oakland. She married John Reams on Valentine’s Day 1970 in Castro Valley and together they had four children. Joann was employed as a line worker at Ford Aerospace in Mountain View, where she ended her career on permanent disability. She absolutely loved country music but enjoyed some light rock and oldies as well. Her favorite things were being a mom and a grandma, sunshine, great food, playing games of all sorts, and laughing. Her favorite holiday was Christmas and she had a passion for all things Disney, especially Disneyland and Mickey Mouse. Her favorite foods were authentic Mexican, prime rib, seafood and anything Guy Fieri would advise. Everyone will remember her most for her greatest joy in life, drinking an ice cold Coke Cola from a can. She lived in the Bay Area (Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo) for most of her children’s lives, growing up. Once divorced, she lived in Byron, Oakley, Galt, Discovery Bay and Antioch, where she spent most of her time with her family and friends. During these years, she loved being the local nanny to friends and family, swimming and eating barbecue.
Surviving her are her mother Lorraine, two brothers, her four children (Johnny, Michael, and twin girls Tami and Samantha), seven grandsons, five granddaughters, three great grandsons, two great granddaughters, and so many other “love adopted” children and grandchildren.
A celebration of life will take place in June during her favorite season so all can swim and BBQ in her memory. Her ashes will be put to rest at the “Greatest Place on Earth” shortly