Joan Marie Williams Galyan

Obituary for 5/9/13 edition of the Sierra Star

May 9, 2013 

Joan Marie Williams Galyan died April 29, 2013, at the age of 77.

Mrs. Galyan was a resident of Oakhurst for 16 years.

She was born Jan. 17, 1936 in Riverside to Roy and Nellie Williams of Bass Lake.

Mrs. Galyan graduated from Sierra High School in 1953 and attended Bakersfield College, where she earned an Associate of Arts degree in sociology and the legal secretarial program.

She was a homemaker and legal secretary for the Kern County Probation Department, Kern County District Attorney's Office, and the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, where she retired in 1996.

Mrs. Galyan was a parishioner at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Bakersfield where she sung in the choir, and a parishioner at Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church in Oakhurst.

She enjoyed gardening, skiing, snowmobiling, backpacking in the high Sierra, fishing, socializing with close friends and family, travelling, and reading.

Mrs. Galyan was a tribal member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in Banning. She also had Mono Indian heritage and worked with the the Sierra Mono Museum in North Fork and contributed to American Indian schools and causes.

She was preceded in death by son Michael Hughey of North Fork, and her parents.

Mrs. Galyan is survived by husband Chuck of Oakhurst; daughter Cheryl Hughey-Jones and husband Randy Jones of Oakhurst; grandson Bradley Hughey of Bakersfield; granddaughter Brittney Hughey of Oakhurst; brother Roy Williams and wife Donna of Bass Lake; sister Julie Ahrens and brother Lou Williams, both of North Fork.

A visitation was held May 5 at Palm Memorial Sierra Chapel in Oakhurst. A funeral mass with a Recitation of the Holy Rosary was held May 6 at St. Dominic Savio Catholic Church in Bass Lake.

Remembrances may be made to Sierra Mono Museum, 33103 Road 228, North Fork, CA 93643.