Joan S. Lord

  • Born: April 22, 1933
  • Died: October 29, 2018
  • Location: Concord, New Hampshire

Cremation Society of New Hampshire

172 King St.
Boscawen , NH 03303
Tel. (603) 796-2528

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joan Elinor (Smith) Lord, 85, died Monday, October 29, 2018 at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord, NH. She was born April 22,1933 in Lewiston, ME, the daughter of Jesse and Flora Smith.

Joan graduated from Bates College in 1955 where she met Warner P. Lord. The two were married on September 29, 1956 in Lewiston, ME. She was commissioned in the Army and spent three years training to be a Physical Therapist at Walter Reed Medical Center Hospital in Washington, DC. After the Army the couple moved to Connecticut where their sons, Peter and Parker, were born and raised. A working mom, Joan practiced for many years as a PT with the Visiting Nurses Association of Madison, Connecticut. After separating from Warner in 1982, Joan went on to establish the Therapeutic Center, an Independent Physical Therapy practice in Madison.

Known as "Jodie" to friends and family, she was a gregarious golf & tennis player, and avid Monday night football fan who loved to play games of all kinds. She traveled frequently across the New England states having lived in Maine, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. She was fond of the desert southwest and ranged as far abroad as the great pyramids of Egypt. In 1997 she retired to hilltop with a view in Colebrook NH where she had spent her early childhood summers growing up with her cousin, Beverly. Her time there included many long visits from her close companion Anne Bagley. Joan returned to her roots in Maine in 2001 when she downsized to a cozy condo in Kennebunk. In 2005 she moved into her apartment at Heritage Heights where she found a community of Wii fanatics and fellow game players waiting to play bridge and cribbage.

Joan is survived by her cousin Beverly; her son, Peter with his wife, Linda; and her son Parker with his wife, Christine; and her granddaughter, Hannah.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service being held Monday, December 10, 2018 at 1:30pm at Havenwood-Heritage Heights, 33 Christian Avenue in Concord, NH. The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an electronic obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please go to


Condolence & Memory Journal

Joan was a family aunt was her teacher in Auburn Maine and Joan became a lifelong family friend...she visited me on Cape Cod . keeping in touch for many years.....she had a heart of gold..lots of fun and will be missed.. have many pictures of your visits to Maine to see my aunt as well as my parents ..great memories... Nancy Freeman

Posted by Nancy Freeman - Marstons Mills, MA - friend   December 01, 2019

Sending love and condolences to Peter and Parker and their families. Jodie was a special person and will be remembered fondly by everyone who knew her. Love from Warner and Carol Lord

Posted by Warner Lord - York, ME - Family   December 10, 2018

Dear family of Joan Smith Lord...My Mom Muriel Jones Merrill was a dear kclassmate/friend - ELHS class 1951. I am very sorry to learn of her passing. My deepest condolences to all impacted by the loss. Hugs and love. Deborah Merrill Carlson

Posted by Deborah Carlson - Jacksonville, FL - Acquaintance   November 07, 2018

Joanie was a wonderful person and I enjoyed knowing her through Lincoln Elementary, Walton Jr. High and graduated with her in 1951. She loved sports, as did I and I loved Volleyball and baseball more than anything. She was excellent in sports and was also in Chorus with me if I remember right. May she rest in peace in the arms of the Lord. Peace to the family as well. She will be missed by all. God be with you as you go through this grief period.

Posted by Helen Holub - Downers Grove, IL - Classmate   November 07, 2018

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