Joan Wescott


Joan Wescott passed away on January 14, 2011 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.

Joan was born on September 25, 1925 in Larned, Kansas to George and Esther Zimmer. She graduated from Larned High School in 1943 and Kirksville (MO) School of Nursing in 1946. She married Thomas Wescott D.O. in 1946 and they worked together for the next 30 years mostly in Holden, Missouri. She finished her nursing career with over 20 years of service at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. She was an active member in P.E.O. in both Holden and Overland Park, Kansas. She was also a long time member of Indian Heights Methodist Church in Overland Park. During her working life and in retirement she enjoyed travelling and playing bridge.

Joan was preceded in death her parents and her brother Robert Zimmer. She is survived by her daughters Barbara Pond and Nancy Balsbaugh and Nancy’s husband Robert all of Overland Park, Kansas. She is also survived by four grandsons, Andy and Tyler Pond, Joel and Michael Balsbaugh. Also surviving are her two sisters Dorothy Thiessen of Overland Park and Marilyn Gaulding of Prairie Village, KS and nephew John R Thiessen and nieces Mary Jane Hobbs, Kimberly Thiessen, Sally Westmoreland, Nancy Sharaf, her sister Beth and great niece Annaleigh Hobbs.

To honor her wishes, there will be no memorial service. The family asks that those who knew Joan remember her as a friend. Memorial donations in Joan’s name to Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care at 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri, 64145 or 816-363-2600, or e-mail <>.


  1. Becky Dowell on January 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Barb, Nancy, Dorothy, and Marilyn-Where does one start with a description of Joan (your Mom & Sister)? She was a beautiful person inside and out-peaches and cream complexion, almond snappy eyes-always looked like a million dollars. And she was so much fun, so witty, and honery, but oh so very classy! And she was an outstanding nurse-all of the years that she was @ Research, what a great job she did and she was such a devoted passionate person. I am so lucky to have known her as a nurse, and a very good friend. I loved her and have such wonderful memories of many many fun times and conversations. I miss her and I know you do too! God Bless Her and Each of You. Becky Dowell

  2. Julie (Nixon-Hanna) Getz on January 24, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Nancy and Barb,
    Your Mom was a wonderful lady had so much fun with her living next to Uncle Jamea and Aunt Dru. I know you will miss her. You are in my pray and thought during this time. God will see you thought it.

  3. Cindy Kennedy (S) on January 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Nancy & Barbara,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your loving mother, Joan. She was such a beautiful woman & so highly respected in our community. Over the years, I have thought of her so many times. I will always, as many others, will remember Joan, in her whites, with her smile and caring ways. My sincerest condolences to you, your families, and to all who loved her. May God wrap each of you in his arms and strengthen and comfort you in the days ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerest hugs to each of you.
    In God’s Love,
    Cindy Kennedy (S)

  4. Deanna Jones on January 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    So sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Barbarb and Nancy and their families. May the Lord be with you.

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