Joan Libby Wolman

Joan Libby Wolman, 66, of Plano, Texas, died peacefully at home October 26, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Brooklyn, New York to father Benjamin Kesler and mother Mollie (Wortman) Kesler. She grew up in Queens and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Queens College of the City of New York. She started her career in the publishing business in New York City, then moved to Austin, Texas where she worked for University of Texas Press, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and Texas Instruments. After several years, Joan moved to the Dallas area and continued working for Texas Instruments as a technical writing supervisor and corporate communications manager, and later for Volt Services at Texas Instruments. She married William "Bill" Kellogg III in Dallas, and they had two children, William Greenwood Kellogg IV and Jane Elizabeth Kellogg (now Jane Murray). Bill was later diagnosed with cancer, and Joan stayed by his bedside until his death, and lovingly helped their young children mourn the loss of their father. As a single mother Joan very capably managed her high powered professional career while providing for the emotional, physical and educational needs of her beloved growing and adventurous children. She and her children were among the first members of congregation Adat Chaverim in Plano, and she became active in the life of this community of friends. It was there that she met and fell in love with Don Wolman, and in 2002 they were married in the Adat Chaverim synagogue, making history as the first-ever marriage of two members to be performed there. During the past 10 years, Joan and her husband became members of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, where Joan became very active in the sisterhood, Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). She developed close friendships with many fellow members of WRJ through the years, and nurtured and thrived on these friendships the rest of her life. She lived to see her children graduate from college and begin their post-college life journeys. She loved her step-children, David and Michael Wolman, and showered them with motherly wisdom and support. She delighted in the marriages of two of her children and greatly enjoyed her growing family, including her young grandson, Elliot, whom she adored. Joan and Don cherished each other's love and attention, and spoke joyfully of their life together. Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and underwent extensive treatments for it. For the next three years, she and her husband travelled the world together, taking in the beauty of scenic vistas, discovering surprises around every corner, and sharing her cheerful personality with others. In the Spring of 2013, Joan's cancer metastasized, and travel became impossible. Joan was an avid reader and enjoyed opera, theater, fine arts and elegant cuisine. She is remembered for her kindness and courage, and for the love she gave so openly and generously to others. She is survived by her husband Don Wolman; her four children and one grandchild; daughter-in-law Tamela Williams Wolman; son-in-law Rob Murray; sister Diane Kesler Shrier and brother-in-law Adam Shrier; uncle Bernard "Bernie" Wortman and aunt Doris Wortman, and cousins, nieces and nephews throughout the country. Joan's ashes will be inurned in the family niche during a private ceremony in the Dallas area. A special service celebrating Joan's life is in the planning stages. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joan's name to Temple Emanu-El Women of Reform Judaism in Dallas, or Adat Chaverim of Plano, or another worthy charity of the donor's choosing.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 1, 2013