Joanne Ragans
1940 - 2021
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Joanne Ragans, 80, daughter of the late Kent and Hazel Crisp of Fernandina Beach, FL, passed away January 4, 2021. She was born December 30, 1940 in Fernandina Beach, FL.
Joanne's life was defined by her passion for education. After graduating from Florida State University, she went on to complete her master's degree at The University of South Florida. Joanne spent 40 years as an educator in the Duval County School System. As both a teacher and principal she truly loved to educate young people. Even in her later years, she regularly kept in touch with many of her former students.
She took great pride in being Miss Fernandina Beach in 1959 and being selected head majorette at Florida State University, regularly marching with the alumni band into her 50s. She was a lover of life, was a wonderful friend and a beloved grandmother.
Joanne was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, James Ragans. She is survived by her son Brent; daughter-in-law Laure; sister, Maryellen McQueen; grandchildren Grant, Seth, Arden, Sophie, and Alix; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Joanne's life will take place later in the year. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Beaches Educational Foundation, Fletcher Scholarships,
Please visit the online Tribute at Arrangements by Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home…
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Published in Florida Times-Union from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 12, 2021
What’s dear friend Joanne was. Early on in out teaching careers we met at Parkwood Heights Elementary School. There we began the love of teaching and learned so much from the outstanding teachers there. In the 70’s we were together during the integration of Duval County schools, a tough time for young teachers. Later I was a teacher at Arlington Annex where she was our outstanding principal. In that capacity she could ”Spread her wings” and enrich her students with so many innovative experiences! Throughout all these years, I can remember her infectious laugh, her perfect coifs, her amazing figure and beautiful attire and her sweet, talented husband, Jim and wonderful son Brent! I loved her so much even though we lost touch over the years!
My deepest sympathy to her family, her pride and joy!
Elizabeth “Tinker” Slack
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