Joan Marie Barbour Nimmo, 71, joined our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 20, 2018.
She was born August 19, 1946 in Denver, Colorado to the late Walter Philip Barbour and the late Mary Louise Holm Barbour. Joan spent her formative years in Shreveport, Louisiana where she attended St. Vincent Academy High School. After graduating from high school, Joan attended Louisiana Technical College where she studied nursing. She later became a Licensed Practical Nurse and began a career that spanned thirty-five years; ten of which she spent employed at Doctor’s Hospital. Joan spent the remainder of her career employed at the LSU Medical Center of Shreveport where, because of her dedication, she garnered the title of LPN of the Year.
While she enjoyed the outdoors and working in her garden, family and friends were Joan’s delight and she loved nothing more than gathering to spend time with them. Joan was a very caring person who was filled with compassion and interest in others. She always listened to people, never left anyone out and had a real passion for serving her community. This passion translated into years of volunteer service which was most recently performed through activities sponsored by her congregation, Metairie Baptist Church.
Left to honor her and remember her love are Joan’s three children: Philip (Julie) Nimmo, Charles (Kristine) Nimmo and Mary Kathleen Hayden; her nine grandchildren: Elizabeth and Dawson Martin, Luke Hayden and Thomas, John, David, Andrew, Cooper and Chase Nimmo; her five sisters: Judy (Douglas) Sharpe, Vivian Robbins, Mary Jane (Tommy Beckham) Cady, Teresa (John Mark) Wilcox and Alice (George) Walcot; and her two brothers: Kirol (Sandy) Barbour and Philip (Katherine) Barbour. She also leaves behind her former husband, Thomas Nimmo; her friend and former brother-in-law, Morgan Matthews; and numerous loving relatives and friends.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, Charles G. Barbour and John T. Barbour, and her former son-in-law James Martin.
Joan will be remembered as a bright, shining light in the various communities and churches she served. She was a kind and loving woman of strong faith, who loved singing in the choir. Joan strongly believed in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would await her after her passing.
The Nimmo family wishes to thank all of those who cared for Joan during her last days. We would like to extend our gratitude to all the doctors and staff of Tulane Medical Center at New Orleans, especially Dr. Safah and Dr. Saba and their dedicated staff, for their attentiveness and care. The family would also like to give special thanks to the families of the Metairie Baptist Church who were always there for Joan with their love, prayers and support.
We are grateful and humbled by all the support, spiritual and emotional, that we have received from extended family, friends and members of the community.
A Memorial Service will be held on June 1, 2018 at Metairie Baptist Church, 401 Codifer Blvd. Metairie, LA 70005. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by the Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to Metairie Baptist Church would be an appropriate and appreciated way to celebrate her love of church and community.