Joan Elizabeth Nevills Staveley
October 7, 1936 – April 9, 2019
Joan grew up on the banks of the San Juan river in Mexican Hat Utah, with her parents Norm and Doris Nevills and her sister Sandy. And Their Dogs. Norm and Doris were adventurous, daring and unafraid and raised their girls also be so. Thunderstorms, flash floods and primitive road conditions were a normal part of life and Joan reveled in them.
At 18, she married Gaylord Staveley. Together they owned and operated Mexican Hat Expeditions, now Canyoneers. They had two sons, Cameron and Scott Staveley and Dogs.
Joan forged her own path by becoming an airplane pilot and later a jet boat pilot on Lake Powell. Following a divorce from Gaylord she moved from Flagstaff to Page, AZ and became Executive Director of the John Wesley Powell Museum and the Page Chamber of Commerce. Her retirement was blessed with a late in life grandchild, Sam Nevills Staveley, who she engaged in endless esoteric conversations and gentle laughter.
Joan leaves her two dearly loved sons, Cameron (Laurie Lee) and Scott (Shannon), her cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, her niece Shannon, nephew Greg, and her sister, Sandy and her husband Earl Weiner. She is also survived by her former husband Gaylord Staveley and his wife, Joy. She made everyone feel special and was a deep source of support to each of us individually. She was deeply loved and cherished by her family.
People will remember Joan as gentle and kind with a vibrant sense of humor and a deep love of her family. And Her Dogs. Her life was a vibrant tapestry of historic and current events. She was proud of being a member of a pioneer river running family and ever more so that her son and nephew have continued that tradition. She excelled as an ambassador for Arizona and the four corners, a region that she deeply loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents Norman and Doris, brother-in- law Woody Reiff and nephew Norman Reiff.