DURHAM, N.C. - Joan B. Meredith, age 94, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on July 4, 2012.
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She was preceded in death by beloved family members, husband, Kenneth; sister, Lorna Green; niece, Diana Green; stepson, Kenneth Meredith; and grandson, Misha Tondrowski.
Joan leaves to cherish her memory her devoted family, son, John Meredith and his wife, Zahida; daughter, Joan Talley and her husband, Donald; son, James Meredith and his wife, Patricia; and daughter, Jan Markiewicz and her husband, David. Grandchildren who will cherish her memory are Jacob Meredith and his wife, Elizabeth, Yori Tondrowski and his girlfriend, Amanda Baramki, Alexander, Damien and Molly Markiewicz, and Zachery and Nicholas Meredith. Her stepdaughter, Shirley Wright and her children, Kay and George Thayer will also greatly miss her.
Joan, a world traveler, lived her life to the fullest and never met a stranger. Her curiosity, humor, and wisdom, and her exuberance in sharing her life through story, positively influenced everyone she met. She was proud of being born in India, delighted to be English and deeply honored to be an American. Her admiration for the men and women in uniform serving their country, as she once did in the British army, was resolute. Joan was an exceptional athlete. She once trained for the Olympics in the javelin and her days on the golf course or in the bowling alley were many.
Joan was a dedicated volunteer in many hospitals for over 50 years of her life - always reaching out to those in need. Even though she was an avid reader, puzzler, and expert bridge player, she loved nothing better than to entertain. Her table was always set for two, so she could be ready when someone dropped by for a cup of tea. Her desire to create positive memories with people, was a driving force in her life. Our memories of her will always bring a smile. Joan was a loyal wife, a loving mother, a tender Nana, a true friend and a world citizen.
A celebration of life Mass will be held for Joan at 3 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2012, at the Newman Catholic Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. A private burial will be held in Hampton National Cemetery, in Phoebus, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation, in Joan's name, to the Wounded Warrior Project, a cause dear to her heart. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from July 20 to July 21, 2012