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Joan R. Terry

AGE: 72 • Rockaway

Joan R. Terry (nee Ramsey), 72, of Rockaway, NJ and Montrose, WV, passed away on Thursday, September 24 after a valiant battle with multiple myeloma cancer. Joan, the daughter of Willis and Elsie Ramsey, graduated from Morristown High School, Class of '60 and earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Douglass College, Class of '64.

Joan is survived by her husband of 51 years, John Terry, son Dr. Adam Terry, daughter Kim Terry Kramer and grandson Ryan Terry Kramer. Joan is also survived by daughter-in-law Autumn Terry and son-in-law Steven Kramer.

Joan was instrumental in implementing GRADS, a program dedicated to keeping pregnant teens and teen parents in school at Passaic High School where she was a member of the Family & Consumer Science Department. Morris County residents knew her as the tireless wife of Whippany Park High School's John Terry. In this capacity, Joan supported her husband's work on numerous projects, assisting the scores of dedicated parents whose loving hands costumed more than two decades of the school's noteworthy play and musical productions. Joan was also a board member of the Morris County Central Railroad, precursor of the current Whippany Railway Museum, and a past President of the Cedar Knolls School PTA. In West Virginia, Joan served as an officer in the Allegheny Highlands Alliance, Laurel Mountain Preservation Association and was the immediate past President of the Mountain Weavers Guild.

Joan's other interests included travel, photography, stained glass, gardening and weaving. Her rapid decline has left many projects unfinished and future plans unresolved.

A memorial celebration of the life and accomplishments of Joan Terry will be held at 1:00pm Sunday October 11th, (Joan's birthday) at VFW Post 5351; 750 Rt 10, Whippany, NJ. Please visit for details. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Whippany Railway Museum; PO box 16, Whippany NJ 07981. All who knew her through the years are invited to attend and bring along a favorite Joan story. The family looks forward to seeing you.

Published in Daily Record on Sept. 30, 2015
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