Joan E. Crow-Epps (1948 - 2013)

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Soldotna resident, Joan E. Crow-Epps, age 64, passed away April 12, 2013 at Central Peninsula Hospital. She was born June 26, 1948 in Kirkland, Wash. Joan grew up in Juneau and Fairbanks and graduated from East High in Anchorage. She made Sterling her home in 1978. Joan owned and operated Sterling Court Reporters from 1982 until her death. Joan was a quiet but active force in her community. She served in many capacities for Bridges Community Resource Network; volunteered with the Soldotna Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and CARTS; and was a member of the P.E.O. To say Joan was a voracious reader would be an understatement. While growing up Joan read all the books in the children's library in Fairbanks. She was thrilled when for her last birthday her children gave her a Kindle loaded with over 2,000 books. Joan was a talented seamstress and quilter, having made gowns, costumes and clothing for her sisters, children, and grandchildren. Many homes are graced by her quilts. Joan's sharp intellect, quick wit, and passion for those less fortunate will be remembered fondly by her family and friends.
Joan is survived by son James Frusetta and daughter-in-law Anca Glont (of Hampden Sydney, Va.); daughter Kathryne (Katie) Scott (of Soldotna); sisters Ann WingQuest and Beth Adams (of Anchorage), and Susan Ihrig (of Wenatchee, Wash.);
grandsons Yona and Robert Scott; nephews Theron and Jeremy Flavin, Jaxom Widby, and Joel and Brian Adams; niece Kayla Widby; and former husband Paul Epps. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Crow and Patricia Muir.
A memorial for Joan will be held at 1 p.m. on April 27 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Bridges Community Resource Network or the Soldotna Library.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Apr. 17, 2013