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Joan Marie LeBran

02/24/1941 - 09/10/2021

Joan LeBran passed away of a sudden illness with her husband and children by her side on September 10, 2021. Joan was happiest when she was surrounded by her husband, children, and grandchildren. In her spare time, she loved crafting and sewing.

She is survived by her husband Donald LeBran of 61 years. She has 4 children, Linda (Colin) Vaughn; Fountain Hills, AZ, Donald J. LeBran; Bourbonnais, IL, Brent (Diana) LeBran; Queen Creek, AZ, and Lori (Ed) Jones; Gilbert, AZ.

Joan was a retired Phlebotomist of 25 years from Riverside Medical Center.

Joan’s sweet infectious smile would light up a room and her laughter would fill the hearts of those around her.

Her greatest accomplishment was her role as “Mimi” to the loves of her life, her 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

She is proceeded in death by her father, Jerome Boudreau, her mother, Leona (Freeman) Boudreau, and her sisters Marla Rice,  and Linda Boudreau.

She has 4 siblings, Beverly (Gil) Peterson; Mesa, AZ, Judy (Ray) Cochand; Oceanside, CA, Sonny (Darlene) Boudreau; Bourbonnais, IL, and Dave (Pam) Boudreau; Villages, FL. and 1 Sister-in-law Carol (Fuzz) Travis; Bradley, IL and many nieces and nephews who she loved dearly.

Wife, Mom, Mimi, Aunt Joni will be best remembered for her Spaghetti and meatballs and Sunday lunch.

Memorials can be made to Banner Sun Health Research Institute (Alzheimer’s) 10515 W. Santa Fe Dr., Sun City, AZ 85351

A Service & Celebration of Joan’s life will be held in Arizona at a date to be determined later on.


  • We all love and miss you so much already. I’m so thankful you are watching over my children and me, especially in this time of need. You gotta be watching out for me and I believe you are so thank you for the miracles you’ve given me the last few weeks. Wish you were here to kiss and hug. Love you and miss you always. RIP Mimi

  • I wake up everyday and miss you so much life is so empty without you. I wish I could see your beautiful face and have a cup of coffee with you. I hope you are at peace now mom no more fighting with that bad brain. Please be our guardian angel and watch over our beautiful until we can all be in eternity together. I love you Mom your my BEST FRIEND!

  • Lindsay Glassford

    Not a day passes that you aren’t talked about and thought of!! Our lives will never be the same without you!! Sunday dinners, Christmas Eve, our yearly Christmas shopping trips. Your laugh and smile was contagious and you loved us all unconditionally! Please continue to watch over all of us and keep us safe!! Love you and miss you more than words could ever say!! Until we meet again!

  • Nancy Ponikvar Waller

    Dear LeBran Family
    You have my deepest sympathy on the passing of Joan. May she Rest In Peace and that you all find peace. Your special angel will be watching over you all
    Love and Hugs

  • Oh Mimi.
    Your unexpected death is so difficult to digest. I know you’re with Jesus and that does provide comfort. Thank you for loving me and accepting me into the LeBran family. I love your family as my own. Thank you for the endless memories of Sunday lunch, you making me crafts for my house, letting the kidlets get away with anything under Mimi and Papa’s watch 🤣, Christmas eve and hot ham and cheese sandwiches, Halloween and vegetable soup, nights of playing cards, literally laughing until SOMEONE peed. Lol. The list goes on and on. Thank you raising a wonderful son. He is such a great man and I know how proud you are of all of your children and especially, your grandchildren. I’ll miss having a cold beer with you, because you’d always share one with me. I will love and miss you until we meet again.

  • I will always remember your infectious laugh, amazing hugs, and your smile. You had such an amazing way of being the life of the party and man could you dance with your sisters! I have no doubt you and Aunt Marla are cutting a rug in heaven. I will miss you and look forward to seeing you again!

  • Auntie Joan

    We will all miss you and that beautiful smile and laughter. I will cherish all the memories i have of you and I’m so thankful i got to spend time with you a few months ago. Love you dearly

    Until We meet again 😇

  • My best friend was my mom, and to say the least you were my second mom. I was blessed to be part of your family, and my children and grandchildren are the luckiest ever to have you be their Mimi. Happy that you are at peace, your love, laughter, and smile will always be with all of us, thank you for all the joy you gave to us. ❤️

  • Your favorite son Brent

    Mom I hope I was the son you always wanted me to be that was and is my goal! I miss you holding my hand into the hospital to see dad I know that made you feel safe and brought back memories of when I was a little boy. I hope I told you enough how great of a mom you are and how much I love you and miss you dearly! Our hearts are broken but just knowing what a beautiful place you are in now eases the pain. I know how proud you are of your family it showed on your face everyday. I miss you so much so until we meet again I love you and thank you for being the super mom! P.S Give Aunt Marla, Grandma and Grandpa Boudreau and Nana LeBran a hug and kiss for me. Hug Uncle Gary qnd Uncle Jim too.

  • I miss you so much already Mom. My heart feels so empty when I just want to call and talk to you. You truly were my best friend, best Mimi to my boys and always made my family feel so loved. I know you are in a better place and I’m sure catching up on lost time with all your family and friends in heaven. RIP Mom, forever in my heart and until we meet again ❤️

  • When you passed, a friend told me that I would always have a sweet Mimi angel with me from now on. Sometimes I still can’t believe you’re gone, but she was right- you’re always with me. You gave me a good life and you loved me hard. I hope you never doubted that. As promised, I’ll never forget about you. I hope you’re safe and happy and healthy. Keep talking to my Papa. I’ll miss you every day until I see you again, Mimi.

  • Marsha Van De Voorde

    Aunt Joan oh how you will be missed. I will miss that smile, I will always cherish the time we had wether it was a cup of coffee in the morning or a beer at night. I am glad that you are not suffering anymore and that you are with mom dancing the night away! You will be missed! Until we meet again.

  • BBCHS Class of "59

    You will always be a part of the Class of 1959, Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School. We will miss you. Gary Gerretse

  • I wanted to write something as beautiful as aunt Joan was to those she loved. To be loved by aunt joan was to be made to feel truly special and that you mattered…whether you were immediate or extended family. It could be a listening ear, a hug or working her way to your heart through her food. She touched all my senses with taste, smell of her cooking. Her gentle caring hug, her listening , or the words “I love you honey” when you left. One of my fondest bittersweet memories was when we came to visit and she told me she was losing her memory/mind but that she remembered me and wanted to know where my flower was in my hair because that always madde her happy and smile when she saw it.. I am glad I got to be both a small piece in her life and to be loved by her. Until we meet again…keep an eye out on everyone. I love you and you will be missed until then. Xoxox

  • Cathie (Sederstrand) Miedema

    My deepest sympathy to the LeBran family. Knew Joanie for years and was shocked to learn today that she had passed. All of you are in my thoughts & prayers.

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