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Joan Marie Croom

Mountain Home - Joan Marie Croom (nee Jerabek), 84, formerly of Mountain Home, passed away peacefully on June 3rd in Winter Park, FL.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was a graduate of Hiram College, where she majored in Voice and Home Economics.

As a child, her parents moved to a farm and apple orchard, in a rural area of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which she often described as "7 acres of work!".

An early lesson taught her by her father that she was fond of recounting in later years, was "If you see something that needs doing, DO it!"

This attitude was to carry her throughout her life, and as a young woman, she became active volunteering in service of helping the disadvantaged, all the while raising a family and holding down full time work.

In 1980, with her then husband, Tony Martin, she relocated from Florida to Mountain Home, and soon became active in the community.

In 1984, frustrated with the lack of good resources for volunteers in Baxter County, she assembled information on all of the various support and care organizations in the area into booklet form. This resource was acquired by the Baxter Bulletin, and is now published as the Baxter County Fact Book.

In 1988, seeing the need in Baxter County for an organization to help abused women and their children, she helped to found Serenity, Inc., where she served on the board of directors, and assisted with support groups.

Other Baxter County organizations that Joan helped to start, or helped with time or other resources, include Embracing Diversity Group Inc., Unified Community Resources Council, Kindness, Inc., Volunteers for Serenity, Inc., and PFLAG.

Singing and music were one of Joan's lifelong passions. She was a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and during the 1980's and early 1990's, she taught private voice lessons at her home. She was also often seen performing as a paid soloist in various Mountain Home churches.

Along with some former students and other members of the community, She helped to found The Symphonic Chorus, which is now known as the Twin Lakes Choral Society, where she served as Director from 1991 to 1994.

In addition to the above, she had several hobbies, including making silver jewelry, which she sold through a guild shop on Sanibel Island, FL in the late 1970's.

In 1995, she married Dr. Dorwyn "Wayne" Croom of Mountain Home, and the two lived in Mountain Home and Oberlin, OH until Wayne's death in 2008.

Joan and Wayne both remained active in both the Choral Society and the Unitarian Fellowship while living in Mountain Home.

In 2013, Joan relocated to the Orlando, FL area where she remained until her death.

She is survived by her two sisters, Lenore Harris, and Susan Jerabek, both of Ohio, her 5 children; Val Hornyak of Toledo, OH, Dave Harris of Surin, Thailand, Tim Harris of Pinellas Park, FL, Liz Conant of Orlando, FL, and Tom Harris of Chicago, IL; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

A service of remembrance will be held the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 401 E 9th St, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653, on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1:00pm

Former Friends and colleagues are invited to attend and share their memories.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Serenity, Inc., or even better, get involved in the community!

"If you see something that needs doing…DO it!"
Published in Baxter Bulletin from June 13 to June 14, 2018
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