Joan McCloskey Gazaway

Joan Ellen McCloskey Gazaway, a loving and understanding wife, mother and friend, after suffering for a long four years, finally lost the Battle. Joanie passed away on June 25 at 1:10 in the morning at Carson Tahoe Hospital. Even in death she kept that ever present glow and smile on her face. Joanie, the daughter of Jack and Pauline McCloskey who preceded her in death, was born in Reno on Jan. 8, 1947. She graduated from MCHS and attended Santa Rosa Junior College.

After leaving school, she served on Senator s Alan Bible’s and Paul Laxalt’s staffs in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas for a number of years. Subsequently, she accepted a position as Governor Robert List’s secretary in Carson City and held that position until her father “JASPER” fell ill in 1980. She came back “HOME” to Hawthorne and the endless view of Mount Grant to help her father as Office Manager at the Mineral County Independent-News, the “Rag” as Jack called it, that he started in the early 1930’s. When the family sold the newspaper to the Hughes “Boys”, she went to work for the Mineral County School District. She considered her job at the high school the most fulfilling of her career. She loved all of the students as if they were her own. She wanted each and every one to succeed in life and was always there to lend an ear, console and give them hugs when needed. She retired in 2008 to keep Big Daddy “g” in line. Joanie was the president of the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce for two terms and served on the Mt. Grant General Hospital Board of Trustees for over 12 years.

She is survived by her husband, George Gazaway of Hawthorne; son, John Patrick “Bud” of Houston, Texas; three daughters: Mildred “Lori” and Michelle, both of Reno and Melissa “Missy” of Denver, Colo. Joanie is also survived by her sister, Jeanie Stone (Dale); niece, Jennifer (Jason and kids) of Reno; her sister-in-law, Gloria Gazaway of Sparks who she treated like a sister and brother-in-law, Vernon Gazaway, the brother she never had, of Sparks. She is also survived by five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. And not to be forgotten are the countless friends whom she considered her extended family. She loved all of them.

Funeral services will be held at the MCHS Gym on Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. with services to be conducted by Father John Bain, not only her former Priest, but a lifelong friend as well. A reception will follow immediately at the Hawthorne Elks Lodge.

In lieu of flowers, Joanie’s request was that donations be made to the Kenny Bostic Memorial Youth Athletic Fund, in c/o Financial Horizons Credit Union, P.O. Box 2288, Hawthorne, Nevada 89415 or your charity of choice.