Joan E Liebler
Born: 2/2/1915, Sheffield, England
Joan Warburton Eskell Liebler passed away on January 24, 2009 at the Allen Memorial Hospital in Moab.
Joan was born February 2, 1915 in Sheffield England to Charles and Ingrid Muller Warburton during WWI. Her father was an actor/ director at the Old Vic Theater and after the war accepted a job at Copley Theater in Boston as an actor / director. Joan’s grandmother Eliza Dillion Warburton moved back to England so she took Joan with her, where she was lived until she completed her high school education.
In 1931 Joan returned to America to be with her parents in Long Island, NY where her dad was director of NBC Radio. Joan later moved to New York City and worked as a secretary and a radio actress. In 1939 she took a job as secretary working for the British Consulate General in New York, and later volunteered to work for the British Women’s Auxiliary Air Force which moved her back to England in 1943.
After the war she moved back to New York where things had changed and most of her contacts in the radio business had left for Hollywood, CA. During this time Joan met and married Dr. Bertrem Eskell, an English surgeon. Dr. Eskell died six years later. A few years later she met an old friend Father Liebler who talked to her about St Christopher’s Mission, working with the Navajo Nation in Bluff, Utah. In 1962 Joan decided to go to work with Father Liebler as one of the staff at the St. Christopher’s Mission In 1964 Father Liebler and his staff which Joan was part of moved to the Hat Rock Mission in Monument Valley which was an outreach of St. Christopher’s Mission. In 1977 Father Liebler’s wife passed away, and in 1978 Joan married him at the mission. Father Liebler died in 1982 and in 1983 Joan decided to retire, join the Roman Catholic Church and in Nov. of 1983 move to Moab. She was an active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Joan had a love for reading and writing.
She is survived by her sister Helen Peragine; a brother Christopher Raymond Burton; a niece Sandra Peragine; her stepchildren; Robert F. Liebler of Miami, FL, George Liebler of Fort Lauderdale, FL and John Liebler of Vero Beach, FL; 24 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Dr. Eskell, and Father Liebler.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 on February 12, 2009 and a Rosary Service will be held from 7:00 on February 11, 2009. Both Service will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Interment will be at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Canon H. Baxter Liebler Foundation....c/o Spanish Valley Mortuary, 386 North 100 West Moab, UT 84532
Tributes1/6/2015 - I remember Joan from the Hat Rock Mission, I grew up attending services there. My father help build the church. I used to think she was the most beautiful lady and a lady she was. She made such an impression on my soul that I'll never forget her. - Mary Phillips3/2/2009 - I am saddened to learn that my dear friend Joan has left us. When I moved to Moab in 1988 and first met Joan in 1989, she quickly became a close friend and a friend who helped me in countless ways as I struggled to make my way and stay in Moab. She had a marvelous intelligence and a superb "radio and stage" voice. We shared wonderful times reading aloud from mutually beloved works of poetry and prose; and watching PBS's "Mystery" and "Masterpiece Theater." I honored and admired Joan for taking in injured and elderly pets. One of the first I met was a beautiful brown dog who had only three legs, a victim of a highway accident. Joan had kept and cared for him (along with another very old dog) for many years. Joan was an eccentric personality and was sometimes difficult to be around, but her heart was one that loved others deeply; and for me--she fed me, cheered and comforted me and shared what she could. I left Moab in 1995 to return to Salt Lake City to care for an ailing family member. I had since visited Joan several times in Moab, including a September visit when she had baked a birthday cake for me. We often visited a favorite picnic area near Pack Creek Ranch and I loved those times as well. I hope someday to "bump into" Joan again. I already miss her very much and will always hold her dear. Jeanie Reynolds Salt Lake City, UT 03/02/2009 - Jeanie Reynolds2/2/2009 - I wanted to send my condolences to the family of Joan Liebler. Joan was a dear friend whom I met while pastoring Moab Christian Center from 1978-1991. After moving from Moab to Truckee, CA I was often in contact with Joan and visited with her when I would return to Moab. I will miss her. She was one of the most fascinating, intelligent and well-read women I ever met in my life. We shared a great love for literature. We spent many joyful hours talking about our favorite authors and their work. Whenever she would attend the evening services at Moab Christian Center, I would ask her to read the scriptures for me and the congregation. I loved listening to her read. Her family will be in my thoughts and prayers. - Pastor Wayne Hoag
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