Joan R. McMahon

[Age 63] The Pocomoke resident operated a produce stand in Green Spring Valley.

October 27, 2007

Joan R. McMahon, owner and operator of a Green Spring Valley produce stand, died Thursday of cancer at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The Pocomoke resident, who had formerly lived in Bare Hills, was 63.

Born Joan Roberta Teague, she was raised in Hampden. She attended Baltimore public schools.

From 1974 until this week, she operated Joan's Produce at Hillside Road and Greenspring Avenue, where she sold only Harford County-grown produce, family members said.

Her daughter, Lorrie Lee Jachelski, a registered nurse who lives in Whiteford, said her mother received the cancer diagnosis only last week.

"She worked Tuesday, had stomach pains on Wednesday, went to the hospital on Thursday, where she was diagnosed with cancer," Mrs. Jachelski said. "And she was also my patient on the floor at the hospital," she said.

In the summer months, Mrs. McMahon stayed with relatives locally so she could be near her stand. She also bought and sold antiques and worked as a bartender at Beaver Dam Inn in Pocomoke.

Mrs. McMahon collected American Indian artifacts and was an avid bingo player.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2106 Churchville Road, Bel Air.

Also surviving are her husband of many years, Charles Herbert "Mac" McMahon; a stepdaughter, Terry Lynn Jensen of Baltimore; a sister, Jean Patricia Teague of White Marsh; and two grandchildren. An earlier marriage to Stephen D. Winstead ended in divorce.

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