AIKEN, S.C. - Joan Beverly Hawkes Marine, 68, died Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at her residence. Joan was born and lived in San Diego, Calif., prior to moving to South Carolina in 1972. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority at San Diego State University. She had been an active member of the Amaranth Society. In 1970, the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego honored Joan as "Mrs. Clairemont" in San Diego for her community service efforts. This was a prestigious award recognized by the entire community. Joan was always a "room mother" when her children were in school. She was elected the President of San Diego's Tolar Elementary School's PTA. Her favorite project was setting up the school's first library. Joan joined her first General Federated Woman's Club, the Clairemont Junior Woman's Club, in San Diego and continued federated service in the Aiken Junior Woman's Club and was a founding member of the Aiken Woman's Club. She was awarded the first "LifetimeMembership" to Aiken Junior Woman's Club. In Aiken Woman's Club, she has been an extremely active member at the local and state level. She has held almost every office and chairmanship and had been president several times in her local club. Joan's special efforts and projects included Chairman of the Relay for Life project, a joint project for the three GFWC clubs in Aiken. The three clubs host a booth at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fund raising event; Chairman of the Very Special Arts Festival. This festival offers a hands-on arts experience to hundreds of special citizens in conjunction with the Special Olympics; Chairman of the club project "Adopt-a-Hydrant" that allowed people to "adopt" a fire hydrant for a small fee. The money was used to buy blue street markers to mark the location of hydrants in the city. She was a Boy Scout Den Mother and Brownie and Girl Scout Troop Leader. Her son went on to become an Eagle Scout, and she was active with the organization throughout his participation. She was also involved in YMCA Indian Guides. She was active with her husband at the Aiken Community Playhouse over the past 30 years. She volunteered in the gift shop in the Aiken County Historical Museum. Joan was active in her church Circle at St. John's United Methodist Church. She and her husband supported the City of Aiken's efforts to become an All American City by traveling with the contingent and participating in the City's presentation. She belonged to Aiken Town and Country Club as well as Aiken Newcomers Club. She was an active tennis player, avid lifelong bridge player, and enjoyed many cruises and travels with her husband and family. Survivors include her husband, Gail H. Marine, Aiken; three children, Jeffrey E. (Lisa) Marine, Melbourne, Fla., Linda (Deno) Karapatakis, Aiken and Nancy Marine, Columbia; a sister, Bonnie Mackey, El Cajon, Calif.; a brother, Philip Hawkes, Salem, Ore.; and three grandchildren, Katelyn Marine, Tyler Marine and Sophie Karapatakis. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at St. John's United Methodist Church with The Rev. Dr. George L. Howle officiating. Burial will be private. Friends may call at the residence, 718 Powderhouse Rd., Aiken, SC 29801. Please sign our online registry, www.shellhouseriversfuneralhome.com Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, 715 East Pine Log Rd., Aiken, SC 29803.
The Augusta Chronicle September 30, 2005