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Joan "Susannah" Wilkinson Sadler

Joan "Susannah" Wilkinson Sadler, age 95, died peacefully in her Belvedere home with loving family at her side on March 26, 2017.

She was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Harlow and Theodore Wilkinson on July 1, 1921. Joan's early life was in Grosse Pointe, Mich., with her then husband, George Tait Hall and their three children. She was active in the theater, TV and radio. After George's death, Joan married Dr. Harrison Sadler in 1965 and the family relocated to Belvedere.

Following her interest in the theater, Joan and Harrison quickly became enthusiasts of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. Joan, a natural leader, helped to rebuild and steer the company through turbulent times, including as president of the board of trustees, helping it regain its deserved popularity and reputation for excellence. In 2010, she was elected to the ACT's Emeritus Advisory Board, a distinction "among the highest honors that ACT can bestow." Joan was instrumental in fostering new plays in the Bay Area as a co-founder of the Playwrights Lab in 1994, and the Playbrokers in 1998. She was an accomplished playwright, having written, among other significant works, a play on Sigmund Freud that was showcased at an annual American Psychiatric Association conference.

Joan and Harrison enjoyed a full active life until his 1998 death. In later years, Joan became very involved with the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, again making change happen by successfully working to enhance its viability going forward at a challenging time. Her experience from O'Hanlon greatly impacted her life; she learned to experience art as a "thrilling verb versus a scary noun." Being with the process versus the result was key for her, and she embarked on years of exciting discoveries with collage, mixed media and photography. Joan took delight in seeing her world in fresh, new ways and her life was an invitation to do the same.

Until the end, Joan combined her witty poetry with her photography in an online blog, "Joan's Stones." Family and friends will inherit a creative legacy that will continue to grow within our lives.

Her passion, leadership and generosity all provided for a meaningful network of friends and community — something she valued even more as she aged. "Sharing and caring" ultimately was what held fulfillment, bringing her heart to center stage. The Marin Villages organization helped provide her with volunteer services that allowed her the peace of remaining in her beloved home.

She is survived by her daughter, Catherine (Katy/Brooke) Hall, and Carter (Terry) Wilkinson Hall, as well as a stepdaughter, Susan Sadler, and stepson, Chris Sadler, his wife, Lori, and two step-grandchildren, William and Alex. She is predeceased by her husband, Harrison, as well as a son, Daniel.

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