Joan L. Eames

July 29, 1930 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Joan Eames Obituary

Joan Louise Eames (nee Christensen), 93, a long-time resident of Gaithersburg, Md., died peacefully on December 21st, 2023.

She was born in Milton, Mass., on July 29, 1930, to parents Arthur and Mildred (Worthen) Christensen. Joan graduated from Milton High School and Boston University, with a B.A. in journalism.

Early in her career, she worked as an editor for the Cape Cod Guide, and in Boston for Allied Research and the American Heart Association. In 1966, Joan married Stanley Baker Eames and they moved to the Washington, D.C., area, where they made a loving home and raised two daughters. Joan was also a long-time journalist for the Gaithersburg Gazette, covering local news and writing the “Laytonsville Life” column.

In addition to her work in journalism, Joan was an avid learner. She taught herself to paint and became a prolific artist, specializing in oil-on-canvas. She received numerous awards for her remarkable artwork and held several public showings.  Her art drew on landscapes from her native New England, as well as scenes from Montgomery County, Maryland, and the low country of South Carolina. In the late 1990s, Joan continued her education, earning an M.F.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. She also traveled extensively, including numerous trips to Europe, often accompanied by her sisters.

Joan was a long-time member and past president of the Laytonsville Woman’s Club. She also was selected to join the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), a prestigious professional organization for women writers, artists, and composers, and served a term as the president of her local NLAPW chapter.

She also was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church congregation, Laytonsville Historical Center, Greater Goshen Civic Association, Goshen Historical Preservation Society, Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association, and Art League of Germantown.

Joan loved spending time with her close-knit family. She was the beloved mother of Caroline Eames Brasler and mother-in-law of Kevin Brasler, of Arlington, Va.; grandmother of Meredith and Olivia Brasler; aunt of Arthur Adler and Pamela Adlersmith; and cousin of Amy Chick. She was preceded in death by Stan; their daughter, Christine Worthen Eames; and her sisters, Janet Christensen and Elinor Adler.

She will be remembered for her talent, kindness, humor, and grace.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 12th at 12:00pm at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 21720 Laytonsville Road, Gaithersburg, Md.  Reception to follow at Montgomery Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, contributions in Joan‘s memory may be sent to the scholarship fund she founded to honor her late daughter: GMU Foundation, Inc. George Mason University Advancement Office c/o Gifts Processing, 4400 University Drive MS 1A3, Fairfax, VA 22030 or visit Please include "Christine Worthen Eames Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund" in the subject line.


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Memorial Service
January 12, 2024

12:00 PM
St. Paul United Methodist
21720 Laytonsville Rd.
Laytonsville, Maryland 20882


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