JoAnne Maynard of Lexington - beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend - died peacefully on May 31, 2014. JoAnne was born and raised in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. She was the second of eight children, born to the late Pauline and Walter Maynard. She was a dedicated teacher and a strong advocate for public health policy. She earned a Bachelors degree in Special Education at Fitchburg State College and a Masters degree in Writing and Publishing at Emerson College. She began teaching in Worcester and worked as an experiential educator at Project Adventure. She ran a Special Education program at Marblehead High School where she used an integrated learning approach in her classroom. After six years in Marblehead, she went on to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University to attain a Master's degree in Health Policy. She then earned a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a PhD. in Social Policy for Children, Youth and Families at Brandeis University. JoAnne was a tenured Associate Professor in Public Health at Worcester State University. JoAnne is survived by her husband Harvey Botman and their daughter Anya. She is also survived by seven siblings and their families: Mark and Karney Maynard of Worcester, their children Caitlin and Timothy; Kevin and MaryBeth Maynard of Fitchburg, their sons Kevin Anthony and Nicholas; Jill Maynard of Worcester, her son Billy, and his daughter Alyson; Marty and Joyce Maynard of Fitchburg; Michael Maynard of Fitchburg and Denise Maynard of California, their daughters Bridgette and Ellyse; Amy Maynard and Jack Ginnity of Fitchburg, their sons Michael and Patrick; and Tara and Brian Doheny of Lunenburg, their children Eamon and Abigail. All who knew JoAnne will miss her compassion, determination, humor and generous spirit. A memorial service will be held at the Pilgrim Congregational Church, 55 Coolidge Avenue, Lexington on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hydrocephalus Association, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 905, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Published in The Lexington Minuteman from June 13 to June 20, 2014