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Joan Irene Burnside

Joan Irene Burnside, 98, passed away on May 19, 2018.  She was born December 30, 1919 in England to the late Frank and Martha Headon.  She worked at Cross Keys Lincoln Mercury, and Buck’s County Library where she drove the library Bookmobile.  Joan will be remembered as being a Published Master Gardener, and a member of the League of Women Voters.  She also was an avid bridge player.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, William.  She is survived by sons, William and Lee Burnside; and daughter, Barbara Richman; 11 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

No services will take place. Inurnment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. 

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I knew Joan from the Bucks County Free Library. She gave me a ride on the bookmobile. I get car sick and I was so afraid that I wouldn't get back soon enough. I didn't tell Joan because I was embarrassed but I never went on the bookmobile again. So sorry for your loss. I think she knew Elinor Elfman and our funeral stone is very close to Elinor Elfman in Doylestown Cemetery. There are not many left that belonged to Joan's generation. Mrs. Smith, Mr. Weeks, Laura Wrigley, Helen ........?.... I have said quite often - that someone should have kept a book of names. There have been some stories that should have been recorded. Most of those things happened after Joan left. I was hired in 1963 to work as Children's Librarian at the Bucks County Free Library (in the Court House) but in 1964, the Melinda Cox Library was ready, and that was mostly my home base. Don't know if any of you remember the Melinda Cox Library. That building was sold to the Court House, and has now been sold again recently and is going to be converted to a home. I hope they permit us to go in to see how that is going to happen. When I came, they converted the basement to the Children's Library for the Bucks County Free Library and the Adult Library remained on Main Street in Doylestown. Back entrance to the library basement was across the street from the Doylestown Fire Company. I think there was room to park the bookmobile outside that door.

Mary Ann (Bievenour) Crozier Jun 11 2018 12:00 AM

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your Mother. I remember her fondly for her kindness and always making me feel welcome in your home.

Cheryl Hafler Pratt Jun 3 2018 12:00 AM