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Joann Helen Starr

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Joann Helen Starr Obituary
Starr, Joann Helen
8/30/31 - 2/17/16. Dearest Joni. I knew you would do it your way. You slipped away in the night with the same courage, tenacity, dignity, loving disposition (and, yes, feistiness) that characterized your entire life. Though the tragedy that brought you to my doorstep, and then ever so deeply into my heart, would never have been of our choosing, it gave us a wonderful 31 years of treks to Aspen, San Diego, Santa Fe, Tucson and all our other favorites. Without the heartbreak you and I shared, I never would have gotten to know you as the person I came to admire more than anyone. Through the years, you made me laugh in such a special way. And the sound of your infectious laughter will forever reverberate off the walls of my heart. You graciously epitomized the phrase "outer and inner beauty." Somehow I know these heartfelt words will reach you. I will always treasure the way you "had my back" and, finally, that last little wave and smile when you wanted me to know I now would be "on my own." Travel joyously, my darling "little dickens," content knowing that though you have moved along, you will live on indelibly in my heart. P.S. Did I ever tell you, you're my hero! Your little brother, Allan. Private services have been held. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 21, 2016
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