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Obituary for Joan Cornforth

Joan Dawn Cornforth
November 15, 1932- April 4, 2024

Joan Dawn Cornforth passed away April 4th at the age of 91 after being lovingly taken care of by her son Tom and his family in Greenville, South Carolina. She was born and raised in the Midwest, but followed her heart west to San Diego before finally settling in the Reno/Tahoe area where she raised her five children.

Joan was an artist at heart who eventually found her creative outlet in the fashion world. In Reno she honed her skills at Menards and June Morgans before opening her own boutique, Joni’s. She had an eye for the aesthetic, whether it be in fashion or her lovely home, she had a talent for making things beautiful.

She is survived by her long-time partner, John Ghileri, her sons Michael and Thomas Cornforth, Jr. , daughter Diane Cornforth Williams, her sister Susan Packard, 14 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren, and 11 great grand children. She is preceded in death by her late husband Thomas Lee Cornforth, son Mark Cornforth, daughter Kathleen Cornforth MacDonald, and sister Kathy Farrell.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00pm, Friday, April 12, 2024, at The Standard Cremation & Funeral Center, 1621 Pearman Dairy Road, Anderson, SC, 29625.

Burial will take place at a later date at M.J. Dolly Cooper Veteran’s Cemetery.

A celebration of life will be held in Reno, NV, on June 14, 2024, at the home of Laurie Maloy. Please RSVP to

The Standard Cremation & Funeral Center is serving the Cornforth family, and a message of condolence may be sent by visiting