Joan McSwigan Standish passed away peacefully on Monday, December 27, 2021, at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville, Virginia. Born as a twin on October 18, 1928 to Kathryn Bowler McSwigan and Andrew Brady McSwigan of Pittsburgh, she graduated from Ellis School and Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon). On October 9, 1954, Joan was married to Robert Nevin Standish Jr., of Sewickley. They were married 51 years before Bob’s death in 2006 and resided in Sewickley until they moved to Keswick, Virginia in 1982. Joan has always been a gardener and passionate about horticulture. She was a member of the Allegheny County Garden Club, the Trowel and Error Garden Club, Sewickley and the Keswick Garden Club. During her early years of marriage, she and Bob traveled extensively and accompanied him on many duck and grouse hunts overseas. She even managed to get started with competitive skeet as Bob was a pretty accomplished shooter. Joan was active philanthropically with the Sewickley Child Health Association and the Sewickley Valley Hospital, as well as a qualified docent at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, and she was a certified judge of flower arranging and horticulture. A woman of deep faith, she was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Sewickley, later Grace Episcopal Church, Cismont, Va. During the last 15 years of her life, she regularly attended First Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, Va., With her daughter and family. Joan and Bob were former members of the Allegheny Country Club, Rolling Rock Club, Sewickley Heights Gun Club, Farmington Country Club and Keswick Club. Joan is survived by her only child, Elizabeth Standish Sackson, of Keswick, and her 33 year old husband, Mark; four grandchildren, Nevin (Emily), Stewart (Audrey), Nathaniel and Eleanor. She was predeceased by her sister, Kathryn, but is survived by two sisters, Marjorie Friday and Jean McCague (her twin); and one brother, Andrew McSwigan (June), all of Pittsburgh. While living in Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, after Bob’s death in 2006, Joan flourished in many activities including French lessons, watercolor and oil lessons, Bible studies and flower arrangements for the enjoyment of his neighbors. An artistic soul, Joan was continually creating on some level, and often sketches or thoughts were found on the back of envelopes or slipped into magazines. She was also accomplished in tailoring, creating many pieces of crew, embroidery or a baby sweater. She was a woman of style and substance, with a lifelong interest in fashion after years of modeling with her twin. She could spot a well-made item of clothing from a distance and imparted this skill to her daughter. Joan was dedicated to caring for the environment from the start, believing in conservation, recycling and reuse when it wasn’t at all in fashion. In her spare time, she enjoyed Broadway musicals and classic movies. Her sense of humor was keen, but still found laughter among those who knew her. Interment will be held privately for the family and a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday January 21, 2022 at Westminster-Canterbury of Blue Ridge. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22911, or hopva.org. A debt of gratitude is also extended to the caring staff at Health Care 3 at WCBR who lovingly cared for Joan for the last three months of her life. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.
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