Joan G. Hauser of Oak Ridge, Tenn., formerly of Northport, N.Y., died unexpectedly on Feb. 11 in Oak Ridge at the age of 81.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard P. Hauser; her children Jonathan Hauser, wife Quintella and their children Katie and Jonathan; Elizabeth Hauser Abernathy, husband Douglas and their children Celia Bayliss and son-in-law Hunter Bayliss, Rose Abernathy, and Jane Abernathy; and Andrew Aiello-Hauser and husband Robert Aiello-Hauser.
Joan was born in New York City on Sept. 21, 1936, to Milton and Betty Goldberg. She grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, and attended Smith College. After marrying Dick Hauser in 1956, she transferred and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.
Joan and Dick and their three children lived in Scarsdale, N.Y., Dallas, Texas, Beverly Hills, Calif., and Haverford, Pa., before returning to their beloved Asharoken on the north shore of Long Island. Joan and Dick moved to Oak Ridge in 2016.
Joan was a homemaker whose unflagging support of, and love for, her children and grandchildren was remarkable. She followed everyone's activities and undertakings with great enthusiasm and interest. But she was also a writer, a pianist, an artist, a master gardener, a world traveler, a craftsperson, an art collector, and a voracious reader and book collector. She loved giving gifts. She made every home she lived in beautiful and welcoming. She was happiest in her garden, where she gave every plant, even uninvited ones, a chance to shine.
She will be inexpressibly missed by her family.
Friends and family will be received at Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 3 p.m.