It is fitting that Joan passed on 11/13/2021, World Kindness Day, at the age of 74. She lived every day with a smile, a “Hey baby” and unconditional love and acceptance for those she cared for. Those that were closest to her know that she came with a feistiness that demanded attention and that kept us on our toes.
Joan will be lovingly remembered by her children, Carrol (Aaron), Karen (Josh), and Russell (Amanda); grandchildren Alicia, Justin, Niko, Brendan, Matthew, Olivia, Avery, Alli and numerous other family members and adoring friends.
Joan was greeted in heaven by many that she loved; her husband of 26 years, Russell Sr.; brother, Clyde; and her parents: Clyde and Alvina.
Joan was born and raised in Camden, NJ. She grew up with a very loving extended family. She met her husband and they married in 1970. She moved with her husband to Washington State in 1979, where she lived until her death.
Joan: aka Grammy, Grammie and Grams loved her grandchildren more than anything. Her family will miss her “Grammie’s Great Adventures” but will continue with the tradition. Almost equal to the love of her family were her friends. She was blessed with the best. To have a true friend is one of life’s greatest blessings. She was privileged to have a few. Her second love was dancing, and she was fortunate enough to find the Zydeco community that forever changed her life. This dance community gave her passion, love, acceptance, and ability to showcase the talent she possessed.
“When my time on earth comes to an end, gather my family and friends – play, dance, take me places I haven’t been, but most important remember me by living your life with a smile!” – Joan E. Brown
To honor this request, a Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring of 2022.
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