Passed Away On: November 30, 2021

Full Name: Joan Lessing Sattler Millson; also known as Joanie.
Joanie recently became 77 years old; November 26, 2021 and passed away November 30, 2021.
Joanie was born in Los Angeles, CA on November 26, 1944; She lived in Hemet, Riverside, and Los Angeles, California, and moved to Hollister, California in 1969 to her new home and where she lived until her untimely demise.
Joanie is survived by her husband, Dr. Murray R. Millson; her son, Gregory Lessing Garrett, her son, Robert Lessing Garrett; her daughter, Laura Joan Garrett, and her step-son, Murray Edwin Millson.
Joanie was born to Dr. Lessing Robert Sattler, an Orthodontist to the Hollywood stars and part time entrepreneur and farmer, and his wife Ruth Isabel (Chamberlain) Sattler of Los Angeles, California.
Joanie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences at San Jose State University, 1970; Completed all graduate coursework in a Health Administration Master of Arts program, San Jose State University in 1973; Major Graduate Subjects were: Health Science, Gerontology, and Enology.
She attended University of California (Santa Cruz and Berkley) where she took 45 quarter units while studying in certificate programs in Human Services, Mental Retardation, Fundraising, Public Relations, and Substance Abuse.
Academic Honor Societies:
History: Phi Alpha Theta
Psychology: Psi Chi
Sociology: Alpha Kapp Delta
Joanie’s life’s work encompassed several impressive titles that include Executive Director, Executive Board Member, Manager, Marketing Strategist, Consultant, Sales person, among others. The organizations that she supported in these roles include Jovenes de Antanio, Immaculate Conception Church, Hazel Hawkins Hospital, Lion(ess)’s Club, San Benito County Red Cross, San Benito Foundation, San Benito Interfaith, San Benito United Way, Barrios Unidos, Casa de Fruta, Civilian Personnel Office at Fort Ord, CA, Gilroy Healthcare (Marketing Director), That’s Entertainment (Video Sales Management), Willow Glen Villa (Retirement Complex, Assistant Activity Director), as well as the “driving” Partner in our Partnership, Millson, Sattler and Associates. Joanie was also listed as a noteworthy Consultant in Marquis Who’s Who for several years.
Joanie and I, (Murray R. Millson) married on October 13, 2007, in a quiet, loving ceremony in the rose garden in Dunne Park, in Hollister with God, Ruth and Ron Erickson, and Lupe Maldonado, who presided, in attendance. Our second marriage was performed by Father Rudy on the evening of December 14, 2007, in the Sacred Heart Pastoral Office’s second-floor Chapel on Cottage Street in Hollister. Joan is a devout Roman Catholic and we really did not want to move forward together without a Roman Catholic church wedding.
Joanie was very attentive and insightful, and loved to study almost any subject as long as it involved people and how she might assist them. We had an opportunity to travel together a few times when I taught or attended conferences overseas. We had three very special and wonderful opportunities to travel together and those travels were to Helsinki, Finland where I taught, to Surfers’ Paradise in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia where I taught, and to an academic conference in Pisa, Italy. During our Italy trip, we very fortunate to also visit Rome, Italy and the Vatican. We took many photographs while on these trips. Upon her return to Hollister, Joanie used her artistic talents in conjunction with the Country Rose Gallery, then in Hollister, to enlarge to living room display size, photographs that were then situated in the front windows of the gallery so that all who passed by could view what she had the opportunity to view and visit in person. Joanie was always trying to share whatever she had with others.


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home
870 San Benito Street

Celebration of Life:

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday, December 13, 2021
Immaculate Conception Church
7290 Airline Hwy.
Tres Pinos, California, United States