In Memory of Joan Bailey Mraz

July 29, 1935 - Feb. 24, 2014

Joan Bailey Mraz


Joan Bailey Mraz, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and lifelong West Seattle resident passed away peacefully on February 24th at Providence Mount St. Vincent. She was the firstborn twin of Ruth & Glen Bailey on July 29, 1935. She was Student Body President and graduated in the class of 1953 from West Seattle High School. Joan won an art scholarship to Seattle University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. She went on to teach Art and Art History at South Seattle Community College and was a founding member and former president of Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Joan was also a participant in the clinic trial studies of EPO with Dr. Eschbach, in the 1980’s. Joan was a fighter. She received a kidney transplant in 1989, which lasted the rest of her life.

Joan was preceded in death by her loving husband, Elemer Mraz, in 1996, and son Steven Roger Mraz, in 2008. She is survived by her twin sister, Diane Tice, daughter Kristina (Graham) van Etten of Sydney, Australia, and sons Oscar (Nicole Devine) Mraz of Seattle and Mark (Bridget) Mraz of Edmonds, Wash. Joan was a proud grandmother to Lauren, Jordan & Nathan van Etten of Sydney, Australia, Marguerite Devine-Mraz of Seattle, and Lukas & Kellen Mraz of Edmonds, Wash. She will always be remembered for her smile, caring attitude, love, and deep affection for others.

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