September 26, 1942 - February 24, 2018
Joanne Daniel Washburn was born in Greenville, TX on September 26, 1942 to Frank and Lottie Daniel. She left this earth on February 24, 2018 following a 23-month battle with brain cancer.
A life-long learner, Joanne attended McKinney High School and East Texas State University, where she studied to become a teacher. She was beloved in the classroom, whether she was teaching business education to high school students at R.L. Turner High School or sharing her love of reading with elementary students in Wylie ISD.
While at East Texas State, Joanne was active in Chi Omega and worked for the bursar’s office. It was there that she met John Alexander, who she married in 1964. “Jody,” as she’d been nicknamed, was honored at East Texas by being named Kappa Alpha Rose. Following graduation, Joanne and John moved to Dallas, TX where they had two daughters, Kelly & Amy. They later moved to Canyon Creek in Richardson.
A dedicated mother, Joanne was a regular room mom and volunteer for her daughters as she raised them in Richardson, TX. As they grew, she discovered tennis, and became a passionate tennis player at Canyon Creek Country Club, often playing 4-6 hours a day.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Joanne worked in the insurance industry, for both The Hartford Companies and for Noel, Graves & Strother. Her quick mind and compassionate heart made her a strong, successful team member.
In 1988, Joanne remarried, and celebrated new love with Bob Washburn. Together, they cherished fun times playing cards and games, pampering their dogs Peaches and Lexi and feeding ducks and squirrels at their lake house on Lake Cypress Springs.
In 1995, they moved back to the DFW area to be closer to their families, and settled in Wylie, Texas. It was there that Joanne returned to the classroom, and loved sharing stories with elementary aged students, many of whom she kept up with even as they graduated from high school. Joanne loved being able to spend time with her grandchildren and ‘grand-dogs,’ and often hosted Camp Meme for both.
Her beloved Bob passed away in 2008, and Joanne found solace in her activities at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church including Groan-Ups, bridge groups and lunches with friends. She developed a love of travel, and took amazing trips with her sister Linda to Hawaii, Alaska, Ireland, Scotland and England.
Joanne will be welcomed into heaven by her parents, Frank and Lottie Daniel, her husband Robert Washburn and step-daughter Robin Sutton. She is survived by her siblings, Linda Brooks and Frank Daniel, children, Kelly Alexander Hunter (John), Amy Michelle Maher (Jamey) and step-daughter Ronda Salzgeber (Jay), her grandchildren, Chandler and Reagan Hunter, Aidan and Delaney Maher, Shay Salzgeber and Robert Sutton, and great-grandchildren Isabella Salzgeber and Grace and Robin Sutton.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church located at 3901 Northstar Road, Richardson, Texas 75082, with a reception following the service.
If desired, memorials may be made to the American Brain Tumer Association at www.abta.org
Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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