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Joanne C. "Joanie" Waterman


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Joanne C. "Joanie" Waterman Obituary
Waterman, Joanne C "Joanie"
Joanne Creager Waterman, 87, died peacefully on March 16, 2016, in Memphis, Tennessee. A graduate of Downer Seminary in Milwaukee and of Wellesley College, she was married to Robert W. Waterman, Sr. from 1950 until his death in 2001. Their life's journey took them from Milwaukee and then Madison, WI, to Rye, NY, Downers Grove, IL, and Surprise, AZ. In each new home Joanie found purpose and delight in her family and in the friendships she forged and maintained throughout her life. As her friend, you knew you were never forgotten, and always welcomeâ??with your sorrows as well as your joys. As her child you knew you were loved and supportedâ??even when your choices may not have been what she'd wished. Generous in service to others, Joanie volunteered her time and talents through organizations such as the Attic Angels, and through her church. She was a life-long Presbyterian who found her right place singing with the church choir; she lived a life of quiet strength, steeped in the faith that, however things might appear on a given day or season, life was generally moving in the right direction. She was popular for her good sense, keen social grace, and generous humor: she had a laugh that would make you grateful you said something she found funny. Understandably, she was never at a loss for a bridge partner, or a game to welcome her. Joanie was born in 1928 to Helen Alder and Marvin H. Creager of Milwaukee. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Poole and Mary Howard. She is survived by her children, Robert, Jr., David, Douglas, and Anne; her grandchildren, Sean, Jonas, Kate, Will, Sam, and Emma; and great grandchildren Daichi and Tomo. In addition to a small memorial service held n Memphis on March 21, the family will celebrate Joanie's life this August in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
"Do it now, Blanche."
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 27, 2016
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