Joan Marie Cameron obituary (1945 – 2021) – Little Falls, NJ


Joan Marie Cameron, formerly of Little Falls, NJ
Born: March 5, 1945 ~ Died: September 19, 2021
A truly charitable person, Joan Marie Cameron, 76, died on Sunday, September 19 in Gainesville, Virginia, after a brief but courageous battle with a rare form of leukemia. She was buried in the Catholic Cemetery of the Holy Sepulcher in Totowa, New Jersey. She was loved by her family and many close friends who will continue to honor her legacy as they live their lives to the fullest.
Joan was born in Little Falls, New Jersey, and graduated from Passaic Valley High School where she is remembered for her phenomenal gymnastic abilities. Her strong work ethic and excellent administrative skills took her to various positions supporting educational institution leaders, defense contract industries, eventually obtaining a high level security clearance then that she was managing meetings for the NSA.
Her adventurous spirit and extraordinary managerial skills led her to leave New Jersey for life in Boston and then to the DC area. She eventually found her “sanctuary in the woods” in Gainesville, Virginia, where she could have room for her beloved horses, dogs and cats. Horses became her passion, and she traveled thousands of miles over a 40-year span, with wonderful rides in the Manassas battlefield, as well as rides in Maryland and Pennsylvania. An active member of the Battlefield Equestrian Society, she has participated in trail rides, groomed trails and judged equestrian events. She coached the local Special Olympics equestrian team. She built horse shows and shows, and gave free lessons to all the kids.
Joan courageously supported “Willing Warriors,” Haymarket, VA., An organization that provides free retirement stays and programs that positively impact injured, injured and ill service members and disabled veterans. She was instrumental in raising funds and developing the first group home for many servicemen.
His lifelong humanitarian spirit has manifested itself through volunteering and donations to Saint Jude’s, the Middleburg Humane Foundation, the American Liver Foundation and Special Olympics. She has helped several churches and has often taken personal care of children in need as she becomes aware of their situation. His thoughtfulness, care and generosity towards people and animals continued until the end of his life.
We know she gallops through beautiful fields now, with her beloved horses, Dart, Frosty and Pooder. Her loyal Standard Poodles, Godiva, Nick and Connor playfully run around her. Joan’s family will be eternally grateful to the loyal and loving friends who were with Joan constantly, 24/7, during her valiant battle with an insidious illness. Joan is survived by her sister Maureen Wales of Florida, her niece Christine Morgan of New Jersey and her cousins ​​RuthAnn O’Connor and Rose Bernal of New Jersey and Nancy Bernal of California.
Contributions in honor of Joan Cameron can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at
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