Goodbye Joann. Our dear friend passed away last night at Providence hospital. Her son and daughter were with her.
It seems as if Joann was always there at the center. She was for a time a trainee with the Easter Seals program. They allowed her to stay an extraordinary amount of time usually they only keep trainees in one location for about 6 months. I think she was on their payroll for close to 3 years. Afterward, she continued to volunteer.
During the time she was involved with the community center, she in her 80’s enrolled in the GED program to complete her education. She quickly became a favorite student and a role model for the young folks struggling to complete their own GED. When she finished we had a cap and gown graduation ceremony for her at the center. What a special day that was for her.
She was most known for her easygoing way and always had a kind word and a smile on her face. Joann provided so much to so many. She did eldercare for several lovely women and was a loving and capable caregiver. I wish we are all fortunate enough should the need arise to have such a loving person to guide us through the last parts of our lives with grace and kindness as Joann did.
Many considered Joann part of their family, I know I had a special fondness for her. Seeing her smiling face always brightened my day. The last time I was fortunate enough to see her was at our community breakfast last month. She of course, was doing her normal thing and helping to care for Miss Gertrude. She gave me a big bear hug and told me she loved me. I told her I loved her too. When I asked how she was doing, she said great.
Just a reminder of how important it is to cherish those you care about as life is so incredibly fragile.