Key West CitizenAugust 6, 2017


An amazing woman and beloved mother, Joan Post-Gorden passed away on Feb. 17, 2017. 

She was born July 3, 1932, in Oak Park, Illinois, and graduated from Rolling Prairie High School in Indiana. Joan got her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, while raising four children. She loved children, her own and others. She was a professor of developmental psychology at Colorado State University, Pueblo. She specialized in assisting children with developmental challenges during her career.

She retired in 1998 and relocated to the home her father built on Big Coppitt Key, Florida. She loved traveling the world with her grandchildren, scuba diving, Disney World and going to the theater, especially if it was a musical. 

In the latter years of her battle with Alzheimer’s, she was still able to sing along with familiar musical soundtracks. It brought a smile to her face and was a wonderful way for her to interact with her children and grandchildren. 

She is survived by her son, Greg Gorden, and his husband, Eric Bunton, of Los Angeles, California; son Scott Gorden and his daughters, Sabrina and Samantha and her husband, Logan Day, of Falcon, Colorado; daughter Kayle Johnson and family: Steve, Tyler, Eric, and Keith and Keith’s wife, Timi, of Lakewood, Colorado; and daughter Tamara Scholten and family: Dutch, Ryan and Kristen and her husband, Nathan MacMaster, of Healy, Alaska.

A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in the Florida Keys. If you would like to attend, email for time and location.