Joan Cassano Pickard

Obituary
  • "MELIISA, CHRISTINA & LOUIS I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF JOAN'S..."
    - MARSHA BAUMANN
  • "Joan was such a beautiful, kind, smart, funny, lovely..."
    - Greg Harvey

Joan Cassano Pickard passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the age of 86. She was born in New York, but lived most of her life in the Deep South. Joan was a trained visual artist, having attended Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL, where she met her first husband, Gene Easley. They eventually settled in McComb, MS. She later worked closely with her second husband, Leon Pickard, in the automobile business, with whom her love of collecting antiques began. Eventually she ran her own antique business with a national and international clientele. Later in life, she worked for 10 years alongside her daughter, Melissa, at Lewco Specialty Products, Inc. She was a voracious reader, enjoyed history, traveling the world and was filled with joy spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joan is survived by her sons, Todd Easley and Porter Pickard; daughter, Melissa Easley Dill; stepchildren, Lee Pickard, and wife, Marilyn, Patti Cousino, Polly Pickard and Bill Pickard; grandchildren, Christina Dill, Emily Easley Ford, and Skylar Easley Legier; great-grandchildren, Ashton, Sadie, and Parker Ford, and Hunter Waggenspack; brother, Vincent Muselli; former son-in-law, Lewis Dill; long-time caregiver, Carmen Douglas; and other extended family in Brooklyn, NY. Joan is preceded in death by her two husbands, Gene Easley and Leon Pickard; and parents, James and Dorothy Cassano. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA, on Monday, February 11, 2019, from 2:00PM until the time of the memorial service at 4:00PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan's name to The Carpenter House of St. Joseph Hospice in Baton Rouge, LA. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.greenoaksfunerals.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 8 to Feb. 11, 2019
Arrangements under the direction of:
Greenoaks Funeral Home
9595 Florida Blvd | Baton Rouge, LA 70815 | (225) 925-5331
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