Joan KROC

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AmericanBorn Joan Beverly MANSFIELD

American philanthropist, third wife of McDonald's CEO Ray Kroc

Born on August 27, 1928 in West St. Paul, Minnesota, USA , United States

Died on October 12, 2003 in Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA

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Joan was born on August 27, 1928, in West St. Paul, Minnesota. Her father, Charles Smart Mansfield, was a store keeper, later a railroad telegraph operator and salesman. Her mother, Gladys Bonnebelle Mansfield was born April 5, 1906 in Luck, Wisconsin to Herman Conrad Peterson and his wife Emma Bonnebelle. Joan's mother was an accomplished violinist. She studied music at the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis and started teaching at age 15.

In 1945, she married Rawland F. Smith, a Navy veteran, who, eventually, became a McDonald's franchisee. The couple's only child, a daughter named Linda, was born the following year.
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Joan met McDonald's Corp. founder Ray Kroc while playing organ at the Criterion Restaurant in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1957.

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