Joan Marie Barton Phillips, 84, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away March 1, 2018, in Tucson after a courageous battle with cancer.\n\nJoan was born in Kingman, Kansas to Harold and Hazel Casner on February 23, 1934. She graduated from Newton High School in Kansas in 1952, then married and started a family. In 1965, Joan moved to Colorado to pursue a new direction. She received her real estate broker's license and specialized in residential sales in Northern Colorado for most of her career.\n\nJoan supported many professional and charitable organizations including the National Association of Realtors, Habitat for Humanity, and P.E.O. International. \n\nJoan retired in 1999 and became a resident of Saddlebrooke, Arizona, an active adult community, where she was able to focus on her many talents. Her skills in the kitchen were legendary, creating family feasts and baking some of the most wonderful treats imaginable. Joan developed an interest in quilting during her retirement and created some amazing, lovingly stitched quilts for her children, grandchildren, friends, and many more for charitable events. She had a keen eye for colors and designs and managed to create very artistic quilts that reflected her unique abilities and skills as an artist. She had a great spirit of adventure and travelled extensively, climbing Machu Picchu, visiting the Pyramids and bicycling across Europe. She also enjoyed golf, bridge, dancing, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.\n\nAfter years of searching for the right person to share her life with, Joan found a kind and devoted partner in Roger. They maintained a home in Castle Rock, Colorado, for the summers and loved to spend winters in sunny Arizona. They delighted in socializing with all their friends and had the best times as a couple. Joan was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and was adored by all those who knew her.\n\nSurvivors include her husband, Roger Phillips, son Shawn Conner (Debbie), daughter Michelle Meyers (Thomas), granddaughters Deborah McLaughlin (Matthew) and Amanda Brand (Josh), great grandchildren and nephews.\n\nJoan was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Hazel Casner, and her sisters, Carol Whiteaker and Patricia Kater.\n\nThe family appreciates all the prayers and acts of kindness Joan received during the last few years. \n\n In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Casa de La Luz Hospice, 7740 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704, or the P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312.\n\nA Celebration of Life will be held at Vistoso Funeral Home, 2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley, AZ at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 28, 2018.