In this month of Joan’s birthday
I celebrate her life.

When I picture Joan,
I hear her laughter,
I see her smile
Most importantly,
I feel her love.

Joan lived life on her own terms
and supported anyone
else striving to do that

She was a giver
A giver of love
A giver of compassion
A giver of hope
A giver of strength
A giver of support.

I was blessed to be
one of Joan’s students
and to benefit from
all of her gifts.

I am blessed to
continue to benefit from
all of them.

Written by: Deborah Howard

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